Thursday, August 4, 2016

Film academy re-elects president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who pushed diversity efforts - CBS

Originally published: August 3, 2016
Publisher: CBSnews.com 

The leadership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has re-elected as its president a film marketing executive who has pushed for greater diversity within the organization.

The academy announced Tuesday night that Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected to lead the organization that bestows the Academy Awards to another one-year term.

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Boone Isaacs has led efforts to increase diversity within the academy's membership, especially in the wake of two years of all-white acting Oscars nominees that sparked the #OscarsSoWhite backlash against the ceremony.

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The academy recently invited 683 new members to join; 46 percent of the prospective members were female and 41 percent from minority groups.