Friday, January 22, 2016

Academy’s Historic Action To Increase Diversity

Big news out of the Academy to increase diversity today. You can read their full statement on their website, but here are the main points as I understand them:

  • Goal of doubling the number of women and diverse members by 2020
  • New members will be granted voting status for 10 years.
  • Voting status can be renewed for another 10 years if the member has been active during that decade.
  • Members can receive Lifetime votings status after three ten-year terms.
  • Members can also receive Lifetime voting status if they have been nominated or won an Oscar.
  • These same standards will be applied retroactively to current members.
  • Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status.
  • Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all privileges of membership -- except voting.
  • These changes take effect after this year’s Oscars have been completed.
  • New members can still be added through the existing process of getting two sponsors.
  • Additionally, the academy will begin “an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.”
  • Three new seats are being added to the Board Of Governors. They will be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Board for three-year terms
  • New members will also be added to the executive and board committees of the Academy’s branches.

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