Alex Ben Block

Academy's Rush to Judgement

“Lifetime voting rights reframed” is how the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences positions their fast track reaction to the rage over the very real lack of diversity in Oscar nominations. Affirmative action measures announced after a secret meeting of the Board of Governors may turn out to be the tonic the Academy needs to save its reputation and show. It may also be a win for some yet to be identified women and people of color (who otherwise might not qualify) who will get to join the prestigious organization, famous for its restrictive admission polities. But in the same way cold water in the face feels shocking, it is a very real and surprising loss to those among the 6,000 older (

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