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Academy president laments lack of Oscars diversity

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2016 -- Actor John Krasinski, left, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (R) announce the nominees for Best Actor in a Supporting Role during the nominations announcement for the 88th Academy Awards at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, the United States, on Jan. 14, 2016. (Xinhua/Yang Lei via Getty Images)
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Hey, Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith, guess what? Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has heard your complaints about this year’s Oscar nominations and their stunning lack of diversity, and she’s vowing to do something about it. Well, not about the nominees this year, per se, since that ship has sailed. But moving forward? Totally.

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“I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes,” Isaacs says in a statement. “The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond. As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.”

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So, is that enough to call off the boycott?

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