Directors Guild of America president calls for ‘industry-wide efforts’ to increase diversity
This year marks the second year in a row where not a single actor of color was nominated for an Oscar, and after widespread criticism, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced aggressive changes to its membership practices on Friday, promising to double the number of women and minority members by 2020.
Now, the head of another major industry organization, Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay, has applauded the Academy for taking action to address diversity concerns, but he cautions that the Oscars are “a symptom of this industry plague, but not the root cause.”
In a statement released by the DGA, Barclay says that the Academy’s new rules are an important step, but the Oscars can only acknowledge diverse films that have already been made. Instead, it’s up to the industry executives who “control the pipeline” to commit to hiring more diverse filmmakers and greenlighting “films and television that reflect the diversity we all deserve.”
Read Barclay’s entire statement below: