>> 683 new members and a very clear message, Academy Awards organizers in a push for more diversity. Extending their membership to various filmmakers, artists, and executives, 46% of which are either female or from an ethnic minority. This comes after the Oscars So White row, when several actors and directors boycotted the ceremony accusing the Academy of lack of diversity.
Meanwhile its President Cheryl Boone Isaac has pledged to double the number of women and minority members by 2020. This first push sees actors Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, America Ferrara, and Star Wars pupil, John Boyega, all invited to join the club.>> Nothing short of revolutionary.>> New rules also strips some older members of voting privileges.
From now on, lifetime rights will be only for those who remain active in the industry, have won, or been nominated for an Oscar. Some of the invitees have already expressed their gratitude on Twitter. Best actress Oscar winner Brie Larson crying diversity while Boyega just wished this will all spark some change