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Oscars: New rules don’t address diversity issues

The academy announced it would be doubling the number of members who are women and of different races.

Oscar statuettes sit on a work bench prior to being assembled at R.S. Owens & Company during a media demonstration 9 February 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Picture: AFP.
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NEW YORK - Some members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences say the measures the organisation is taking to tackle its diversity problem have raised more questions than answers.

Over the weekend the academy announced it would be doubling the number of members who are women and of different races.

Under the new rules, members who have not worked across the span of three decades will lose the rights to cast Oscar ballots unless they are nominated for one themselves.

Some say they feel this targets older members who may no longer be as active in the industry but who contribute in other ways.

A number of them say race is not never factored into their votes and these steps still won’t adequately address the issue of ensuring Hollywood becomes more diverse.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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