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Academy President Promises 'Dramatic Steps' To Increase Oscars Diversity

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, is promising "dramatic steps" to increase diversity in the Oscar nominations.

Saying she is "both heartbroken and frustrated" over no acting nominations for people of color for the second year in a row, Isaacs declares "it's time for big changes" in the Academy.

The move come days after the Oscar nominations sparked backlash from Spike Lee to Jada Pinkett Smith, who said they would boycott the awards show.

"I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees," Isaacs says in a statement. "While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion."

"This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership."

"In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond."

"As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.

"This isn't unprecedented for the Academy. In the '60s and '70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation."

"We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together."

January 20, 2016 |

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