While the academy’s 6,261 members are currently 91 percent white and 76 percent male, the organization promises the future will look much different.
According to an LA Times article, there has been some progress since 2012. Though minimal, the once 94 percent white and 77 percent male Academy is moving in the right direction.
Despite efforts and invitations for Oscar voters to become diversified, a complete change may take some time. Academy members are appointed for life, so percentages of whites won’t decrease until they decease.
Currently, there are 1,500 women and 535 minorities eligible to vote for the award show.
Former academy president Hawk Koch said this goal is unattainable not because of the lack of diversity, but because of the lack of qualified people altogether, regardless of gender or race.
Current president Boone Isaacs disagrees with Koch, and said the goal is attainable and will be enforced to the best of her ability.