From a strategic perspective, the only way to lead people to water and make them drink is if you siphon off their cash flow. Why did the bus boycotts work during the civil-rights movement? It was not because everyone started believing equality was the righteous path for our democracy. The direct economic impact pushed companies toward bankruptcy. Then, the bus companies responded to this pressure with change.
Money talks when people walk. Whenever we buy something, we vote with our dollars. Companies respond by supplying what consumers demand. If people stopped watching certain films, we would see change.
Studio executives at companies like 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, and Warner Brothers Pictures, who select what gets made, need to be held accountable for being more inclusive. This is about going beyond addressing the symptoms and, instead, creating a cure. This is about hiring and creating opportunities for more minorities and women.
Not until the industry's leadership changes will we have more films with diverse talent to even pick from for awards like the Oscars. When the people in the boardroom start looking like the rest of America, then we will evolve from just having the black director tell the "black" story in Selma to also having a black director or producer make what should be a race-neutral story like James Bond.