The big news this week after a steady barrage of #OscarsSoWhite controversy is that the academy has finally, to a degree, caved.
People of color in Hollywood finally hit a breaking point after the second year in a row of zero non-white nominees in the acting categories. With big names like Spike Lee, Michael Moore and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith openly boycotting the ceremony, Chris Rock rewriting his monologue to directly address the controversy, and civil rights groups directly pressuring the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the notoriously secretive cabal that makes the Oscars happen, something had to give.
As a result, the academy has announced changes that, though they seem to most of us in the peanut gallery to be modest, have rocked the staid, insular world of academy voting membership like a seismic shock. The academy is revoking its long-standing tradition of giving all its members voting privileges for life, instead only allowing people to vote who’ve been active in the industry within the last 10 years–and, as a result, academy members are declaring the entire older generation of Hollywood veterans has been slapped in the face in the name of political correctness.