The Academy

Samuel L. Jackson needs no introduction. The award-winning actor and producer has made a name for himself in film for many decades. Today, we celebrate Jackson's birthday (Dec. 21) with a round up of his best films over the years. 

Academy governor Ava DuVernay moderated an "Academy Dialogue" with her cinematic heroes, filmmakers Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”) and Euzhan Palcy (“Sugar Cane Alley”) about the arts, and how the Hollywood system can broaden its aperture to appreciate storytelling from the worldviews of different ethnic and racial communities.

Straight Outta Compton’s Oscars snub was one of the factors that brought attention to the Academy Awards’ lack of diversity and stirred up a lot of controversy

They are planning to make changes in an effort to diversify their board and nominations in the future.