In a letter to Boone Isaacs released to the media on Tuesday, Cardenas wrote that “while the issue of diversity in the entertainment industry is a much deeper problem, without an easy solution, it is unfortunate to see such a revered American institution fail to fully reflect our nation.”
All 20 nominees in the Oscars’ acting categories are white.
“I represent a district with one of the greatest amounts of spending on film industry vendors, so I appreciate just how important the industry is to our local and national economy,” he wrote. “I want to work with you to improve diversity in the entertainment industry and in Academy membership. I understand this endeavor will take time to achieve, but I am committed to working with you to make sure the industry is more reflective of the rich diversity of the city it calls home.”
Cardenas copied the heads of Academy branches as well as studio chiefs in the letter.
The Academy had no comment.
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