In the wake of this year’s #OscarSoWhite controversy, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is taking immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow more members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.” – Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Three new governors have been appointed to join its 51-seat board. Reginald Hudlin, the co-producers of the Oscars, has been added to the director’s branch. Gregory Nava (El Norte) has been added to the writers branch. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda) has been added to the short films and features animation branch.
Six additional members have been appointed to oversee specific areas of the Academy. Producer Effie Brown (Project Greenlight, Dear White People) will join the museum committee. Actor Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) will join the awards and events committee. Cinematographer Amy Vincent (Wayward Pines) joins the preservation and history committee; Executive Marcus Hu (Bad Actress) and animator Floyd Norman (Monsters, Inc.) joins the education and outreach committee. Executive of 20th Century Fox’s animation division Vanessa Morrison joins the finance committee. Film producer and director of the LA Film Festival, Stephanie Allain joins the membership and administration committee.
Prior to this change Cheryl Boone Isaacs was the only person of color who sat on the board, and was also the only person of color to serve on the 51 seat governor board.
“I’m proud of the steps we have taken to increase diversity; however, we know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.” – Cheryl Boone Isaacs