Motion Picture Academy makes strides on diversity with new members

  • By · July 2nd, 2012
By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Earlier this year, when I wrote a story about the under-the-radar success of producer Will Packer, who’s had a string of hit movies, notably “Think Like a Man,” I said that Packer, who is African American, was still waiting for someone to invite him to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

His wait is over.

Packer was one of 176 film industry luminaries who were invited today to become academy members. And even though most of the headlines will inevitably focus on such A-list talent as Terrence Malick, Jonah Hill, Jessica Chastain and Matthew McConaughey, the academy did something that had somehow eluded the hidebound organization in recent years: It took a significant step toward diversifying its new membership.

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