WrapPRO Roundtable: How Cheryl Boone Isaacs Fought For Movie Academy Diversity After #OscarsSoWhite | Video

Diane Haithman
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Former Academy of Motion Pictures president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first Black person and third woman elected to the post, said she “will never, ever forget” the morning of January 15, 2015, when the Academy announced an all-white slate of nominees in major acting categories for the first of two consecutive years, spawning the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. “It was a little disheartening,” Isaacs recalled — with massive understatement — in a rare interview with TheWrap in the days leading up to 2021’s pandemic-delayed Academy Awards on April 25. Isaacs, a longtime movie publicity and marketing executive, said she and others in Academy leadership had been aware of the membership’s lack of diversity for a long time. It wasn’t exactly a surprise when a Los Angeles Times investigation in 2012 revealed that the demographics of the organization at that time were 94% Caucasian and 77% male ,with a median age of 62, but Isaacs said there was a gut punch in seeing the numbers in black and white. Also Read: Will Academy's #OscarsSoWhite Makeover Begin With New Election, Board Meeting? The launching of #OscarsSoWhite threw the Academy into action, she said, adding that prior discussions about diversity led to the organization’s...

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