California: When Cheryl Boone Isaacs presides over the Oscars on March 2, her mere presence will convey a statement on diversity in Hollywood as the first African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its third woman in its 86 years.But as the head of a body that takes knocks every year at Oscar voting time for a 6,000-plus membership that is overwhelmingly white, mostly male and older, Boone Isaacs offers no quick fixes for diversifying the academy or the industry.Experience tells her it`s a long haul and it comes down ultimately to proving excellence in the motion picture industry. She herself put in 21 years on the academy`s Board of Governors, held every office, and worked three decades in film marketing before she was elected president last summer."I believe very strongly that the entertainment and motion picture business is going to be more open and aware of different voices," Boone Isaacs told Reuters in an interview at the academy`s headquarters, a large golden Oscar statuette looming in the background.
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