Reginald Hudlin, Jenner Yuh Nelson, and Gregory Nava have all been appointed to various branches of leadership for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Reginald Hudlin, former BET president and director of “Boomerang”, was ordained to the Director’s Branch of the board. Jennifer Yuh Nelson, “Kung Fu Panda” head of story and “Kung Fu Panda 2” director, was added to the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. Gregory Nava, screenplay writer and “Selena” director, was picked as a representative for the Writers Branch. Other Academy members were also appointed, including Gael García Bernal, Amy Vincent, Effie Brown, Marcus Hu, Vanessa Morrison, and Stephanie Allain.
The Academy Awards has received much criticism over the last couple of years after nominations were released and there were little to none people of color or women within the nominations.
President Cheryl Boon Isaacs will now enforce a rule that has executive committees of the Academy meet every two years to see if voters should still have their voter privileges. This rule only allows members to vote if they have been in the industry within the past ten years, and have been nominated for an Oscar.
I’m proud of the steps we have taken to increase diversity. However, we know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.
Will this help create a new environment in the Academy Industry? Only time will tell but it’s definitely a step in the right direction!
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Source: Shadow & Act