We’re making changes. New Academy membership and voting diversity initiatives announced today. https://t.co/Arna4YvgY1— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 22, 2016
- "Lifetime voting rights reframed; new governor seats added and committees restructured"
- "Goal to double number of diverse members by 2020"
- "Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade."
- "members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award"
- members who are not qualified for active status are moved to "emeritus status" starting with next year's Oscars (they're still members, but cannot vote)
- "current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity" (they didn't give more details about this and how they're going to go about recruiting new members)
- rules are applied retroactively to current members.