The 2016 Oscars gained a lot of flack for the lack of diversity among nominees, so much so that the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite sparked national debate, and Spike Lee along with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith went as far as to boycott the Academy Awards altogether. In response, Cheryl Boone Isaacs (president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), issued a statement that both apologized and promised change in the near future. The Academy soon after voted unanimously toward amending membership rules and stated the ultimate goal is to double the amount of diverse members by 2020. The first step toward achieving that goal was revealed this week.
The Academy invited a record-breaking 683 new members, a pool of people that consists of 46 percent Keep Reading