Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has announced changes to the group, which administers the Oscars.
Responding to an uproar over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar acting nominees and within its own membership, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced dramatic changes, including changing voting rights, appointing new individuals to its executive and committees, and setting a goal to double the number of diverse members by 2020.
"The academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up," academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is African-American, said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
"These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition."
The changes come after an unanimous vote of the academy's board of governors Thursday night, with the goal of making "the academy's membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse."
The changes include: