Tag: Spike Lee

Academy Says Diversity Purge is ‘Not About Political Correctness’

The leadership at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) defended the organization’s controversial new diversity initiative, saying in an interview that the Academy did not bow to outside pressure when crafting the rule changes, which many are criticizing as an overt effort to purge older Academy members of their voting privileges while aggressively recruiting new voting members who, in the words of the Academy, “represent greater diversity.”

Ian McKellen: #OscarsSoHetero

Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has weighed in on the ongoing Academy Awards diversity controversy, saying in a recent interview that criticism of the Academy is “legitimate” and that, in addition to African-American actors, other minority actors have also been marginalized or ignored by the film industry, including gays.

#OscarsSoWhite Wins: Academy to Purge Old Members for ‘Diversity’

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has approved a series of “substantive changes” to its rules and organizational structure in an effort to boost the diversity of its membership as the group faces mounting criticism over a lack of minority actors among this year’s Academy Award nominees.

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Why I support Spike Lee’s #Oscarsmustfall campaign

Someone called Spike Lee is threatening to boycott this year’s Oscars for having failed to include a sufficient quota of black talent on their nominations list. This is an excellent campaign and one I shall definitely support once I’ve managed

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#OscarsSoWhite, Round 2?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) could see a resurgence of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy it endured last year if the organization does not nominate any people of color for acting honors at this year’s Academy Awards, a possibility seen as increasingly likely by many Hollywood awards insiders.