Transcript for Academy Awards Announcing Major Changes
Next tonight we learned today of a major change coming to be academy after backlash over the Oscars here's ABC's Lindsey Davis. I don't know. Be at the Academy Awards the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responding swiftly in the face of mounting pressure from some of Tinseltown's biggest names. It's a systematic bias that needs to be addressed across the industry the academy now vowing to take unprecedented action. With the ambitious goal of doubling the number of women and diverse members by twenty to wanna. The vote last night unanimous. Academy presidential denies it saying the academy is going to leak and not wait for the industry to catch up for the second year in a row all nominees in the acting categories are white. They just get guys do it. Many blamed the academe where the membership of more than 6000. Is 93%. White and 77%. Male. An effort to change the makeup of the academy more quickly affected later this year members are no longer guaranteed to have voting privileges for life. In order to increase diversity immediately three new governor seats will be added all part of a larger effort the academy hopes will help change the big picture David.
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