The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences addressed its dearth of diversity today by appointing three new governors: Oscars producer Reginald Hudlin (repping the Directors Branch), Oscar-nominated scribe Gregory Nava (Writers Branch) and Kung Fu Panda veteran Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch). Their three-year terms begin immediately.
The move comes the same day the Academy was dinged in a open letter from 24 industry pros angry about jokes made during the Oscar telecast at the expense of Asians and how they perpetuated stereotypes.
“I’m proud of the steps we have taken to increase diversity,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “However, we know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.”
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The 51-member board of governors also appointed additional Academy members to each of the six Board committees that provide oversight to specific Academy areas: actor Gael García Bernal (Awards and Events), cinematographer Amy Vincent (Preservation and History), producer Effie Brown (Museum), executive Marcus Hu and animator Floyd Norman (Education and Outreach), executive Vanessa Morrison (Finance) and producer Stephanie Allain (Membership and Administration).
The board also reaffirmed its January 21 resolution to make sure Academy voters are active in the motion picture industry, defining active voters as those who have worked in the motion picture industry in the last 10 years, have worked anytime during three 10-year periods whether consecutive or not or have won or been nominated for an Oscar. Starting this spring, the branch executive committees will meet every two years to review their members and determine any potential reclassifications. The committees also will adopt an appeals process for members who may lose their voting privileges.
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