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Oscars' Film Academy Pledges to Diversify Membership by 2020

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organizers of the Oscar awards, pledged Friday to double its membership of women and minorities by 2020 through an ambitious affirmative action plan that includes stripping some older members of voting privileges. The announcement came after a backlash over the absence of actors or filmmakers of color in this year's Oscars nominations, prompting actor Will Smith, director Spike Lee and a handful of others to say they plan to shun the...

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