Cheryl Boone Isaacs says 2017 Oscars proof 'art has no borders'

One particular year just after the backlash the academy faced over the lack of diversity among the major nominees, the 2017 Oscars are vastly diverse. With nominees from films like "Fences," "Hidden Figures," "Moonlight" and more, academy President...

Cheryl Boone Isaacs says 2017 Oscars proof 'art has no borders'

One particular year just after the backlash the academy faced over the lack of diversity among the major nominees, the 2017 Oscars are vastly diverse.

With nominees from films like "Fences," "Hidden Figures," "Moonlight" and more, academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs took the stage to address the modify, giving a heartfelt speech about diversity and the arts.

She mentioned that soon after last year's backlash, the international neighborhood in film is "1 that is becoming much more inclusive and diverse with each passing day."

"Tonight is proof that art has no borders, no single language and does not belong to a single faith," she continued. "The energy of art is that it transcends all these points."

She added that no matter exactly where the filmmakers or the subjects come from, they all "speak to the human situation."

Isaacs closed with, "That is the magic of the films and that is what we celebrate tonight."

The present academy president also spoke about how, for the initially time in 3 years, an actor of color has been nominated in each and every of the 4 leading acting categories.

"It just so happened that this year we had an abundance of films that represented inclusion, which is a thing that we are, of course, extremely much a portion of," Isaacs said to reporters. "Our initiative, of course, has been centered about our membership and our governance."

ABC News also spoke to April Reign, activist and creator of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which began two years ago and is about all the underrepresentation in the nominated arts.

"This year’s slate of Oscar nominees highlights that, when given the opportunity, films that reflect the diversity of this nation will shine," Reign said. "Nevertheless, one particular year does not make up for more than 80 years of beneath-representation of all genders, sexual orientations, races, skills and Initial Nation status. #OscarsSoWhite is about the inclusion of all marginalized communities, each in front of and behind the camera, throughout the entertainment industry."

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