Film academy re-elects president pushing diversity efforts

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Posted: Aug 03, 2016 12:49 AM
Film academy re-elects president pushing diversity efforts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leadership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has re-elected as its president a film marketing executive who has pushed for greater diversity within the organization.

The academy announced Tuesday night that Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected to lead the organization that bestows the Academy Awards to another one-year term.

Boone Isaacs has led efforts to increase diversity within the academy's membership, especially in the wake of two years of all-white acting Oscars nominees that sparked the #OscarsSoWhite backlash against the ceremony.

The academy recently invited 683 new members to join; 46 percent of the prospective members were female and 41 percent from minority groups.

As president, Boone Isaacs helps announce the slate of Oscar nominees each year. She also heads a film marketing consulting business.