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Screen Talk (104): We Explain the Academy’s Diversity Push

It's a promising step, but will it make a real difference? Plus: Why "Neon Demon" bombed and "Swiss Army Man" soared.

MCP/REX/Shutterstock (1131796h) Oscar preparations - poster of Oscar statuettes Preparations for the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater, Los Angeles, America - 01 Mar 2010

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was still licking its wounds from the fallout of #OscarsSoWhite when it announced a plan to move beyond its diversity issues this week. Unveiling 683 new members, the institution has emphasized the large volume of new members who are women or people of color. But could this actually make a big difference? And what happens now? That’s the starting point for this week’s episode of Screen Talk, in which Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson comb through the new membership and figure out the bigger picture.

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Plus: Why “Neon Demon” flopped, “Swiss Army Man” soared, and “Tarzan” kind of sucks.

Listen to the full episode above.

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