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Cheryl Boone Isaacs stepping down from Academy board

Oscars boss Cheryl Boone Isaacs is stepping down from the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The first African-American leader of the Academy, who took over the job in 2013, is not eligible for another term as President, but she would have been allowed to seek re-election to the panel of board members, which she has been part of for quite some time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a statement obtained by People.com, she writes, “It’s been my greatest honor serving on the Academy’s Board of Governors in numerous capacities for more than two decades, and it will be a privilege to provide the opportunity for new voices to have a seat at the table.”
Boone Isaacs was only the third female to lead the board of governors, the first since Fay Kanin stepped down in 1983.
Her resignation comes in the wake of the 2017 Oscars finale disaster, when the Best Picture honour was mistakenly announced as La La Land before officials realised it was Moonlight which had actually won.
It was the second big scandal to happen under her watch – 2016’s ceremony was marred by the “#Oscarssowhite” social media backlash, due to the lack of diversity among the nominees for the top acting categories for the second consecutive year. Changes were subsequently implemented regarding Academy membership to prevent the same problem arising in 2017.

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