WrapPRO Roundtable: How Cheryl Boone Isaacs Fought For Movie Academy Diversity After #OscarsSoWhite | Video

Isaacs calls 2015’s announcement of an all-white slate of Oscar nominees in major acting categories “the morning I will never, ever forget”

Former Academy of Motion Pictures president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first Black person and third woman elected to the post, said she “will never, ever forget” the morning of January 15, 2015, when the Academy announced an all-white slate of nominees in major acting categories for the first of two consecutive years, spawning the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

“It was a little disheartening,” Isaacs recalled — with massive understatement — in a rare interview with TheWrap in the days leading up to 2021’s pandemic-delayed Academy Awards on April 25.

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Diane Haithman

Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • diane@thewrap.com • @dhaithman