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Academy to consider controversial ways to make itself more diverse




Actor John Krasinski and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role during the 88th Oscars Nominations Announcement.
Actor John Krasinski and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role during the 88th Oscars Nominations Announcement.
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How can the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ensure more diversity among its nominees and members?

Increase the number of nominees in the best picture and actor categories? Allow potential members to self-nominate rather than requiring sponsorship from its current largely-male, largely-white members?

Those are just some of the proposals the Academy is scheduled to grapple with at this coming Tuesday’s closed-door meeting.

The meeting is the latest shoe to drop in the ongoing outcry over this year’s all-white nominee slate in the acting categories, following Jada Pinkett and Spike Lee’s announced boycott of the ceremony and actors Charlotte Rampling and Michael Caine’s push back that black actors should be “patient.” Do you think certain measures will improve future outcomes? Could they have unintended consequences that could ultimately backfire?

Guest:

Pete Hammond, awards columnist at the entertainment news site, Deadline