On July 30th, 2013 Cheryl Boone Isaacs was named the first female black President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Over the years this position has been held by countless white males, and in a shift under criticism AMPAS who oversees the Academy Awards moved in the right, not white direction, with Isaacs as President. AMPAS came under fire last year when the statistics of the members were released, stating that 94 percent were white, and 77 percent were male. Some of the most shocking statistics cited in the LA Times were the following:
At the end of nest Sunday if 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture next week, it will be a massive win, but if it loses it will be as Paula Abdul says the Academy "take two steps forward" with the election of Boone Isaacs, and then they "take two steps back" with the loss here because voters failed to understand the significance of the moment. This is a milestone, and should be recognized as advancing film forward.