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The Academy Awards President Comments On The Lack Of Oscars Diversity — Says She Is 'Both Heartbroken & Frustrated'!

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This is sure to be inneresting.

On Monday, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement following Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith's call for a boycott of the Oscars.

As we previously reported, many A-listers were outraged after it was revealed that all 20 of the acting nominees were white. Oof!

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In response to the backlash, President Cheryl Boone Isaacs stated:

"I'd like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year's nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it's time for big changes.

The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.

As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.

This isn't unprecedented for the Academy. In the '60s and '70s, it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together."

In fact, the organization has formally formed a five year plan named A2020 that will hopefully improve diversity within AMPAS and in the industry too.

Miz Boone Isaacs also noted at another event that the Academy has a formed a committee made up of people from within the entertainment business in order to investigate a solution to this obvious problem. Good!

These are all updates we like to hear, unfortunately, it can do nothing to fix the snubs that caused so much backlash THIS year. Here's hoping this plan will work and we won't ever have to use #OscarsSoWhite again!

Fingers crossed.

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