Earlier this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (the Oscars to everyone else) hit a lot of controversy because people had enough. Years had rolled by and it had been a parade of mostly white male folks. At the root of the issue was the Academy and Hollywood – refusing to take on more members and promoting diverse talent at the heart of the filmmaking industry.
Determined to not live in the past, the Academy have announced that they have invited 658 people into the fold, who’ll use their presence to vote for films rich in diversity and hopefully see a more equal footing when it comes to voting. This is especially true as, of the 658 46% are women and 41% are people of colour. America Ferrera, Tina Fey, and Kate Beckinsale are amongst those invited and, assuming they’ll be accept, would grow the academy to 7,789.
This is a massive step forward and, as the years go by, hopefully, more and more woman and minorities will be included into the fold making the Academy and Hollywood an equal paying ground.
What do you think of the news?