Academy Awards President Issues Statement As Oscars Boycott Swells

Academy Awards President Issues Statement As Oscars Boycott Swells

Today, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released an official statement, concerning the issues that have been raised over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscars nominations. The release comes as word of a boycott of this years awards show is growing among Hollywood actors, including celebrities like Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee.

Issacs, who is African-American herself, has been president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2013. Working to change the set up of the Academy over the past few years to deal with the lack of diversity, Cheryl stated in her release today that she was still, “heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion”.

Read the full statement below:


I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees. 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.

Visit the official Oscars Site to find out more.

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