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Diversity is Finally Coming to the Academy Awards!

It looks like the past few weeks of actors and fans making noise on social media with #OscarsSoWhite and A-listers threatening to boycott the Academy Awards, paid off in some sort.

Changes are coming to Academy which include an overhaul of their membership process which was promised by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

A statement was posted to the website which says the organization is making changes to where it won’t only consist of older White men.

READ: The Academy’s President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Says She’s Disappointed by This Year’s So White Oscars!

An “emergency meeting” reportedly took place on Thursday night according to Variety, where Isaacs and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson made plans to increase diversity Academy members as well as voting members.

Some of the changes are as follows:

Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members. In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.

Additional changes include adding three new seats to the Board of Governors. As of right now, the board consists of 51 members and with the exception of Isaacs and cinematographer, Daryn Okada, everyone is White and 17 (with Isaacs included) are women. New members will also be added to committees and executive boards.

To many, this is long overdue, but it was beyond time for a change. When Hollywood A-Listers and even the fans begin to see through the BS, you know there’s a problem.

Hopefully, these changes bring about more nominations for Black actors at next year’s Academy Awards.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.