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On Friday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced steps to ensure that its voting membership would become more diverse in response to this year's acting nominations including only white actors. The response is a result of criticism from fans, the press, and celebrities, most notably Jada Pinkett Smith.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs had this to say about the changes:

The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.

Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences