The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences late Monday disclosed new guidelines, including the elimination of lifetime membership in Hollywood’s exclusive professional association. The New York Times reported that the new provision was drawing backlash from long-time members.
The new rules stipulate that many members of the 6,200-member film academy will attain lifetime status only if they work on at least a single film in each of three 10-year periods. The Academy has been criticized for being too old and too white.
Some existing members expressed anger at being deprived of long-held voting rights, while others simply could not tell whether or not the new standards would cut them out.
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