If I were the Oscars’ governing board, at this point I would be very afraid; Emmy award-winner Voila Davis a.k.a Analise Keating of “How to Get Away with Murder” just showed her grand displeasure not just to the Oscars’ organizers but to Hollywood in general. She had this to say-
“How many black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed, the films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role? Can you cast a black woman in that role? Can you cast a black man in that role?”
On Tuesday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released an official statement on behalf of the Academy via Twitter regarding the Oscars’ lack of diversity. The statement promised plans to take “dramatic steps” to alter the makeup of its membership in order to “bring about much-needed diversity” to future shows.
Next week, the organization’s 51-member Governing Board will also address a number of proposals during its regularly scheduled meeting – including the membership process and recruitment. The governing board currently holds a membership that is 74% male and 94% white: it’s clear why diversity is impossible at the moment. Viola went ahead to say-
“You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for?”
The 88th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live on ABC on February 28.