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Oscars answer diversity controversy

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Bowing to the pressure from #oscarssowhite and actress Jada Pinkett Smith starting a boycott over thelack of diversity among this year's nominees,  The Academy has responded to backlash over the nominations controversy.

Three seats, appointed by the president, are being added to the board of governors, and individual members' voting rights will be reviewed every ten years to determine if they have remained active in the business.

The Academy unveiled on Friday several dramatic changes in its structure and voting regulations in an effort to promote diversity. Its goal, the Academy said, is to double the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.

The Academy also said it will take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not on the board of governors to its executive and board committees, where decisions about membership and governance are made in the hopes of allowing new members to have a more active role in Academy decision-making.

 From the Hollywood Reporter. . .

The organization is also instituting new rules affecting voting status: Each new member's voting status will last ten years, and will then be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. The same standards will be applied retroactively to current members. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status and, while they will enjoy other membership privileges, will not be able to voting. None of those changes yet will affect the voting for this year's Oscars.