#OscarsSoWhite debate sparks diversity changes at Film Academy


Confronting fierce protests over its all-white Oscar nominations for a second year straight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved sweeping changes to make its membership, governing bodies and voting members more diverse.

The plan would double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.

“The academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” the academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, said in a statement. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

The changes announced on Friday were approved in a special meeting of the group’s 51-member governing board. They follow a weeklong storm of protest and calls for an Oscar boycott after the academy nominated an all-white slate of actors for the second year in a row.