The Academy has sat down for an emergency meeting to address the #OscarsSoWhite problem and has vowed to make some serious changes.
During the meeting, the Academy immediately approved a series of major changes to voting and recruitment and has also promised to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020, Variety reports.
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said after the meeting on Friday. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”
As of later this year, each voter’s membership will last 10 years during which they need to stay active in the film industry. If not, they will not be able to vote after their term ends. If a member manages to complete three voting-terms, they will receive lifetime voting rights.
None of the changes approved during the emergency board meeting will affect this year’s voting, though. It will stand as the second consecutive year in which no no-white actors were nominated.
In the recent uproar over the lack of diversity among the nominees, major stars such as Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Spike Lee announced they will be boycotting the event. Host Chris Rock was also urged to do the same by fellow artists, but he has reportedly decided he could do more good to carry on.