After another year of white-washed Oscar nominations, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement in which she promised to lead the Academy through "dramatic steps" to increase inclusion.
Saying she is "both heartbroken and frustrated" over the lack of diversity — which included zero acting nominations for people of color for the second year in a row — Isaacs declared that "it's time for big changes" in the Academy, including a review of member recruitment.
"As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years," Isaacs said. "But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly."
Isaacs says these changes will not just be about race, but to help increase "inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation." She added: "We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and so I appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together."
Following the Oscar nominations, Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith announced that they planned to boycott the Oscars ceremony this year over the lack of inclusion. "We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect ... But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!!" Lee wrote on Instagram.