by Marc Malkin | Tue., Jan. 26, 2016 5:27 PM
Kristen Stewart doesn't claim to have all the answers, but she certainly thinks there's a diversity problem in Hollywood.
"I think an easy way to speak to it is just the industry is old so the perspective is quite narrow," Stewart told me at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Certain Women. "So I think on multiple levels everyone is pretty aware of that.
"How to fix that?" she said. "I have no idea."
Stewart did, however, point to how successful Sundance is at diversity.
"The cool thing about independent movies is we are kind of untouched," she said. "The cool thing about Sundance is that we are fairly untouched by the political nature of who gets the pats on the backs."
The Academy's Board of Governors announced last week that it had passed sweeping changes to diversify the organization's membership.
As of Thursday night, lifetime voting rights were reframed and limited to only those who have been active in the film industry over the last 10 years. Three new governor seats were also added, which will be elected by the president, and committees were restructured to support that. All of these measures have been taken with a goal of doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
"The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up," Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. "These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition."