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One of the laudable ways social media has had real-world consequences is in how the #OscarsSoWhite provided a wake-up call that an Academy membership that was older, white, and male had failed to adequately recognize diverse movies. In response, the Academy worked hard to expand the number of women and people of color in their ranks, and slowly but surely, they’re making progress. In 2015, women only made up a quarter of the Academy. Half of the new members of 2019 are women. In 2015, a shocking 8% of the Academy was people of color. Now 29% of 2019’s new members are people of color.
Could the Academy do better? Of course, but I like that they’re making strides towards improvement. Will that have an effect on which movies win Oscars? Yes and no! This year, a record number of black women won Oscars taking home Best Supporting Actress (Regina King), Best Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter), and Production Design (Hannah Beachler). But this was also...
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