#OscarsSoWhite Leads To Historic Membership Change At The Academy
The academy hopes to address criticisms with three new seats on the board of governors, a revisal in membership requirements and a new diversity goal.By Lexie Hammesfahr | January 22, 2016
Celebrities continue to speak out in support of — and against — the proposed Oscar boycott over a lack of diversity in the nominees.
The backlash started when the academy didn't nominate a single person of color in any of the four acting categories. It's the second year in a row that it's happened since 1996.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have already said they won't be attending the ceremony, but some people are starting to point out that the issue doesn't fully lie within the academy; it's a more widespread problem in the film industry and even the U.S.