Kicking it into 'high gear,' Academy president says Oscar changes are 'the right thing to do'

January 23, 2016 2:09 AM

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Following a week of protests and intense scrutiny, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 51-member board of governors on Thursday night unanimously approved a series of sweeping and historic changes designed to diversify its membership.

The extensive new rules include a commitment to doubling the number of women and minorities in the academy by 2020 and limiting lifetime voting rights.

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