The president of the Directors Guild of America weighed in on the #OscarsSoWhite discussion Monday -- labeling the lack of women and people of color in the movie and TV biz "a condition that has long shamed this industry" -- and called for structural changes at Hollywood's gatekeeper level.
"Many times, with the best of intentions, a subject that is a symptom of this industry plague, but not the root cause, is targeted. The Academy's decisions... are important actions and may lead to greater acknowledgement of more diverse films and people who make them," Paris Barclay said in a statement.
However, he said, increasing the diversity of people and projects at the awards-consideration point won't do much to solve Hollywood's underlying diversity issues.
"Those who control the pipeline and entryway to jobs must move beyond the 'old boy' network and word-of-mouth hiring," Barclay said.
"They must commit to industry-wide efforts to find available diverse talent that is out there in abundance, or to train and create opportunities for new voices entering our industry. Rules must be implemented to open up the hiring process and rethink the idea of 'approved lists.'"
This isn't the first time Barclay has called for change in Hollywood's hiring practices.
A DGA study released in January 2015 found that 87% of 487 first-time directors in network TV (over five seasons from 2009-13) were white. Women made up 18% of those first-timers.
"Every director needs a first shot to break into the business," Barclay said at the time.
"What this report reveals is that studios, networks and executive producers need to challenge their own hiring practices and offer talented women and minority directors the same opportunities they are giving white males."