We’re making changes. New Academy membership and voting diversity initiatives announced today. https://t.co/Arna4YvgY1
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 22, 2016
After the past two weeks of backlash due to the lack of diversity of the nominations (ex. #OscarsSoWhite), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is deciding to overhaul a lot of their practices going forward in order to increase women and diverse voters by 2020.
Key actions coming from the directive includes:
- Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board
- Each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade.
- Members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. (It will be retroactively applied)
- All rules will be retroactively applied. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting.
This all plans to go down later this year, so unfortunately we may not see a lot of these changes for a couple more years as the plan moves forward.
What this really means is that the older generation of members that became a member after only a couple years of films, have had nothing to do with film for the past decade, and have just been hanging on contributing nothing but terrible votes will finally get emeritus status (aka kicked out). At least we can be glad that Oscar Winners Three 6 Mafia will forever be allowed to vote!