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Academy CEO Says Oscars Are ‘Almost At a Point of Crisis’ in Wake of Diversity Controversy

Academy CEO Says Oscars Are 'Almost At a Point of Crisis' in Wake of Diversity Controversy

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The #OscarsSoWhite controversy continues to make headlines as actors and industry insiders weigh in on the current problems facing the Academy and propose possible solutions. Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have already called for a boycott of this year’s Oscars, while Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs revealed her own severe disappointment with the lack of diversity among this year’s nominees. The latest heavyweight to share her thoughts is Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who has written a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter in which she gets brutally honest about the diversity problem within the Academy. 

“There’s not one part of the industry that doesn’t need to be addressed, and it’s been this way for 25 years. The needle has hardly moved,” she writes. “It’s cultural, it’s institutional, it’s our society at large, it’s our education system — all of it — before you get to an industry that’s supposed to reflect this beautiful world. And the industry has been building up over a very long time, starting with white men running the studios who hire other people who look like them. It just hasn’t changed that much, and it won’t until there’s a concerted effort on every single front: talent, the executives in the studios, the people we mentor.”

“If you have a person of color directing a film, there’ll be more people of color on the crew and in the movie. You have to over index now on every hiring opportunity you have. You have to look at women and people of color every time there’s an opening and really not stop until you’ve worked to find qualified candidates… This feels like an inflection point, almost at a point of crisis. Everyone is talking about this. It’s not going to be overnight — just the pace can go faster. As [Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel] said, ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste.'”

Read all of Hudson’s column over at The Hollywood Reporter

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First of all, Lucy, that’s an idiotic comparison. Second of all, there were more white people nominated for BET Awards this year than people of color for the Oscars. Next dumb argument.


What controvesery? People should be nominated based on talent nor skin colour. If this is not a form of racism I don’t know what it is.
I would like to know how many whites, asians, indians, latino, LGBT members have been nomianted for the BET awards?


Yes. White Males created the Hollywood as we know it.
A little respect please.


Yep. People hire other people who look like them. They’ll swear there a dearth of minority candidates, of course. What’s interesting is that their marketing departments will then turn around and tell them to hire White leads if they want to profit big, because that’s what the audience demands. I guess there’s nothing wrong with that; people like heroes that look like them, and drama about people who look like them. But then the audience will turn around and tell you they don’t care who is in the role, lol. Can’t really fix the problem until people stop lying and take a good look at themselves, which they’re allergic to.

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