Unless you have been completely living under a rock for this past week or two, you know that during last week, the 2016 ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS were released to a firestorm of controversy.
2016 represents the SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR that there are NO PEOPLE Of COLOR that are nominated in any of the four acting categories.
Filmmakers SPIKE LEE and JADA PINKETT SMITH have already publicly stated that they WILL NOT ATTEND Or WATCH the LIVE broadcast of the 2016 OSCARS.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reports that on MARTIN LUTHER KING MONDAY, January 18, 2016, President ISAACS released her own statement expressing her extreme disappointment over the lack of diversity in the 2016 nominations.
"I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees," she said. "While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes.
The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.
As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.
This isn’t unprecedented for the Academy. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together."