LOS ANGELES — Cheryl Boone Isaacs, speaking on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of which she is president, issued a 190-word statement on Monday addressing the overwhelmingly white batch of nominees, saying she is “heartbroken and frustrated” and vowing to redouble the organization’s efforts to diversify its membership.

The letter from Boone Isaacs, a former film publicity executive elected to her post in 2013, comes on the heels of growing concern about this awards season’s voting results. For a second year in a row, the all-white nominees in the acting categories (and little diversity to speak of in others) sparked outrage online and in Hollywood, where honorary winner Spike Lee and others (including Jada Pinkett-Smith) have vowed to boycott the February ceremony. Read more…

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