Academy Adds Three Minorities Following #OscarsSoWhite Controversy

"...there is more to do as we move forward..."

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced it will add three new minority governors following the publicity surrounding the #OscarsSoWhite outrage.

The newest members are: African-American director Reginald Hudlin, Latino writer Gregory Nava, and Asian-American animator Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

The governors will serve a three-year term that will begin immediately.

Social media commentators raised awareness of the issue with the hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. There hasn't been a person of color nominated in the top acting categories in the last two years.

Making matters worse, it was revealed that the Academy’s 6,000-plus members are 94% white and the 51-member Board of Governors only had two minority members.

 “I’m proud of the steps we have taken to increase diversity,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “However, we know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.”

The recent appointments came on the same day that the Academy received a letter signed by 25 Asian Academy members objecting to Asians jokes made during the February broadcasts.

“We are writing ... to express our complete surprise and disappointment with the targeting of Asians at the 88th Oscars telecast and its perpetuation of racist stereotypes,” said the letter. Signatures on the letter included George Takei, Ang Lee, and Sandra Oh. 

"If you watched the Oscars the word diversity seemed to mean black and white. That was it,” Takei told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday. “We were absolutely aghast to see they compounded that by having a joke about Asian American children. How insensitive and how ignorant.”

A spokesman for the Academy said it understood the “concerns stated, and regrets that any aspect of the Oscars telecast was offensive.”