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“Even with these new rules, it’s going to be difficult as a person of color to get into the academy.

About Grant Money: Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been donating money to the California State University, Northridge Cinema and Television Arts program since 1996.

These gifts, over the past 20 years, have totaled $1 million. The HFPA says it gave CSUN the grant because of its focus on diversifying its student body –an issue in the Hollywood spotlight right now.

Some of the grant money goes to CSUN graduate students to complete their thesis films.

Many of these short films have been shown at film festivals like Cannes, and have gone on to win awards.

You can blame the Motion Picture Academy all you want, but in reality we don’t have enough diversity of product.

There aren’t enough “Straight Out of Comptons” and “Fruitvale Stations” being made, Thomas said.“Only seven of the 400 films considered for this year’s Academy Awards can be considered diverse films.” The answer is more diverse filmmakers, but more importantly, more people of color giving in positions of power.“I don't think there's one person of color in Hollywood who can greenlight a film," Guy Aoki of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans recently said. film “Selma,” that was snubbed at last year’s Oscars, took nearly a decade to get the greenlight in Hollywood.Thomas doesn’t expect the Oscars to change anytime soon.“Not until you hit them in the pocketbooks,” Thomas said.He, like many other film students who go on to become successful, got a break from someone in the industry.

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