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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Big changes to the Oscars after diversity row

The people in charge of the Oscars have promised to make big changes to the award system.

Oscar awards
This comes after they were criticised for nominating white actors only for the second year in a row.
The Oscars is one of the biggest film award ceremonies in the world.
Some actors and directors have pointed out the lack of diversity, with no black actors nominated this year.
The Academy, who run the the Oscars, say they will double the number of female and minority members they have over the next four years.
Members vote for people that they think should get an Oscar, so by having more non-white members it's hoped more non-white actors and filmmakers will be nominated.
At the moment 97% of the academy are white males over sixty years old.
Some actors are so disappointed with this years white-only list of nominations, that they say they will not be attending the ceremony next month.
Last year, the Oscars were highlighted for having no black nominees.
Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee say they won't attend this year's awards - because of the lack of diversity.
The Academy's president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who runs the Oscars, said she was "heartbroken" about the comments.
She added that they are already working on including a wider range of people in the organisation.
Boone Isaacs has previously promised to review the membership to improve inclusion on the basis of "gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation".
From BBC News

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