Friday, January 22, 2016

ACADEMY TAKES HISTORIC ACTION TO INCREASE DIVERSITY????????????

 The headlines read:




Let's compare the promise to overhaul the Academy with what is actually being proposed by crunching a few numbers;

Let's start at the top -

The board of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is overwhelmingly white and male 

The board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is almost entirely Caucasian — and an overwhelming majority of the board is white men, a Daily News survey of the iconic organization found.

The only exceptions are board president Cheryl Boone Isaacs — the lone woman of color — and board member cinematographer Daryn Okada, the only minority male.

The 52-member board breaks down this way:

37 white men

13 white women

1 black woman



1 Asian man.

That’s 96.1% white and 71% white male.




Then, there's the Academy;



Last year, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the Academy as a whole is 76% male and 94% white.

 

 In Hollywood, “prestige” still means white: Academy scrambles to fix ongoing Oscar diversity problem — but this goes deeper than voting rules 



For a long time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has had a problem: Its membership has been older, whiter, and more male than the nation and the film audience as a whole. In recent years, this has gone from being something people had a vague sense of to an inescapable fact. And this year, that fact caught fire, and the #OscarsSoWhite movement has become a cultural adjunct to #BlackLivesMatter.

But what does the Academy do now, as protests, frustrations, and boycotts mount over the all-white acting slate for this year’s awards? A New York Times story describes what might be in store:

The "promise" is to double the number of minorities by 2020 which would look like this;









In 2020 the 52-member board breaks down this way:

35 white men

13 white women

2 black woman



2 Asian man.

That’s 96.1% white and 71% white male.




And the Academy which today is 94% white and 76% male would look like this ;



If, in 2020, you doubled the minority representation by adding 24% more females and 6% more minorities it would add up to 52% male and 88% white. Hardly historic.