Find out why Ryan Coogler said no to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences…
Coogler, one of Hollywood’s brightest shining stars, when it comes to directors said no to the Academy. Coogler was among the 683 industry leaders who were offered the chance to join organisation to determine the winners of the Oscars. The invite came after the diversify Hollywood movement kicked in at last year’s Oscars.
If you recall, many black actors and filmmakers, including Coogler and his Creed star Michael B. Jordan, weren’t even nominated, prompting civil rights activists, film fans and celebrities alike to demand a change in the voting.
The record-setting number of Academy invitees was prompted by criticism levelled at the organisation heads about the lack of diversity at this year’s (16) Academy Awards. But like we said, many felt there were too many old white men casting votes for the Oscars. The Academy bosses agreed, so they sent out invites to all the prominent black actors in Hollywood to balance out those involved in deciding the top awards. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the board of governors approved sweeping modifications to their voting system in order to double the number of both women and people of color.
Ryan Coogler and his Creed/Fruitvale Station star Michael Jordan, America Ferrera, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Ice Cube, Daniel Dae Kim, Freida Pinto, Gabrielle Union, Eva Mendes, and directors Cary Joji Fukunaga and James Wan were also among those invited to become Academy members this year.
Sources are saying Coogler has yet to send in his acceptance letter amid claims he has no interest in joining.
His representatives have declined to comment on the reports.