The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are now letting new kids on the block, like Emma Watson and John Boyega, into their organization. The Academy is responsible for the nominations for the Oscars and is resolutely determined to not make the #OscarsSoWhite incident happen ever again. They added an astounding 683 new members, 46 percent of whom were women and 41 percent people of color, which is a refreshing statistic if you ask us.
Not only this, but the Academy is allowing these new members to vote on who gets to be in the Executive Committee, the group of people responsible for Oscars voting rules and for new member selection. This is noteworthy because up until now, the executive committee was a group of members selected by the Academy’s Board of Governors (defined on their website as “setting the Academy’s strategic vision, preserving the organization’s financial health, and assuring the fulfillment of its mission”).
This is a small step in the direction of major diversity, but it is a good one nonetheless.