Academy Invites Record Number Of Diversified New Members

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has sent out an unprecedented 774 invitations to new members, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Of those 774 members, 30 percent of them are people of color, while 39 percent of them are women.

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“Seven of the Academy branches — actors, casting directors, costume designers, documentary, executives and film editors — invited more women then men,” the report says.

Actors and writers like Donald Glover, Naomie Harris, Phylicia Rashad and sister Debbie Allen, Janelle Monáe, Riz Ahmed, Priyanka Chopra, Terry Crews, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Jones, Wanda Sykes, and directors Barry Jenkins, Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina and Héctor Olivera are just a few of the names of the creatives invited by multiple branches of The Academy.

“The Academy’s diversity push began even before the nominations were announced in 2014 for the 86th Oscars, and a lack of minorities among the acting nominees led to the protest hashtag #OscarsSoWhite,” THR continues. “But the resulting outcry, which only grew louder when the situation repeated itself in 2015, put added pressure on the organization to redouble its efforts.”

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A push and change has been seen in recent years, especially during this year’s Oscars ceremony, where Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight won the Best Picture honor, making it the first all-black film to win the award.