The Oscars may have snubbed Ava DuVernay when it came to the Best Director Award for Selma this year, but the director, along with a slew of other minorities and women have been nominated to represent the Academy’s board of directors, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
By ‘slew’, we mean a handful.
Over the last couple of years, since Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is black, came on board as the Academy president, several strides have been made to diversify the organization. And that can be seen with this year’s nominations.
Out of 67 nominees, 27 are women and seven are minorities. Joining DuVernay, are three other African-American nominees including Ruth E. Carter, for costume designers Oscar branch, Terilyn A. Shopshire, for film editors branch, and Stephanie Allain, for the producers branch.
It may be just a small step towards diversity for the Academy, so it’ll be interesting to see if any of these people will get elected to their branches.