LOS ANGELES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organizer of the Oscar awards, promised on the day of Friday to double its membership of females and minorities by the year 2020 through a passionate affirmative action policy that involves stripping some older members of voting privileges.
The declaration came amid a backlash over the absence of actors or filmmakers of color in Oscar’s nominations of this year, prompting actor Will Smith, director Spike Lee and a handful of others to claim they policy to shun the Oscars ceremony on the month of Feb. 28.
The membership rule alters, among the most sweeping in the academy’s 88-year-old background, were unanimously adopted by the agency’s Board of Governors on Thursday night, the team claimed in a statement. But the reforms will not impact voting for Academy Awards of this year.
A deficiency of diversity within the academy, whose ranks contains mostly of older, white males, has long been cited as a hurdle to racial inclusion in Hollywood’s greatest honors.
But various critics point to the scarcity of chances for minorities and females on either side of the camera in a film industry that highly relegates them to marginal or stereotyped characters.