When Saturday Night Live skewers you, you know you’ve got a serious problem.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is desperately trying to manage the fallout from this year’s Oscar nominations – where no people of colour were nominated for acting awards.
The furore has led to big changes to the way the Academy determines membership, and ultimately who votes for the awards.
The complete lack of racial diversity among nominees for the acting awards drew fire from high profile actors and directors, and led to the revival of 2015’s Oscar’s hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
And on Saturday, the comedy juggernaut weighed in, with a biting and hilarious critique of the issue.
Watch Saturday Night Live’s take on #OscarsSoWhite: (Post continues after video.)
On Friday the Academy announced it was moving to tackle the problem, saying new rules for membership would help increase diversity among the 6000-strong voting bloc of Hollywood heavyweights.
“The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020,” the Academy said, announcing the changes.
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said.
“These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”
The changes will move Academy membership to 10-year cycles, with lifetime membership only extended to Oscar winners and those who have sustained their 10-year membership for three cycles.
It is a move that has been welcomed by some, but panned by others as Hollywood splits over the question of whether the Academy has a diversity problem or not.