Saturday, January 23, 2016

Topic Of The Day: Oscars Announce Membership Changes

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of Topic Of The Day. For today's topic, I will discuss a recent announcement regarding the Academy Awards.

President Cheryl Boone-Isaacs has announced a new rule voted on by the governing committee regarding voting privileges amongst incoming and returning members:

http://www.oscars.org/news/academy-takes-historic-action-increase-diversity

According to this statement, starting at the end of this year, incoming members will be given a 10 year voting period and if they satisfy two more 10 year periods, then they will be given lifetime voting privileges as a way to encourage voters to fill out their ballots.

Similar rules will apply to current members. But those that have not been active in the past 10 years will be moved to emeritus status, meaning they will be moved to emeritus status, meaning they will enjoy the privileges of being a member except voting.

They have also made it their goal to allow more minorities and women into the Academy by 2020. Now, I think this plan is very smart. I'm sure giving those that haven't been as active emeritus status is a way to weed out the older voters. But to me, that seems fair. If they haven't been as active in the voting process or even the filmmaking industry, then why should they continue?

Also by having more women and talent of color that will be allowed to vote is a nice way to encourage more diversity. Even if it won't solve the diversity problem tomorrow, they are still on the right track.

Of course, I am curious as to what'll happen with the younger voters who are more active in the filmmaking industry? Will they be too busy to watch their screeners or will they go by films they saw in theaters? No matter what happens, though, we will hopefully see an Oscar ceremony that is less old and white in the years to come.

So those are my thoughts on this new membership announcement. Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!