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07.01.2018 • admin • 0 Comments

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record number of new members, extending invites to 928 people.

The Academy topped last year’s record of 774 new members.

In an ongoing effort to diversify its ranks following uproar over the lack of African-American nominees over the last few years, which culminated in 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, 38% of the Oscars’ governing body’s new class is comprised of people of color, increasing their representation from 13% in 2017 to 16%. Meanwhile, the new class is 49% female, boosting the total representation of women from 28% in 2017 to 31%.

Some of the big-name actors include Daniel Kaluuya, Mindy Kaling, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Blake Lively, Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Miles Teller, Randall Park, Daisy Ridley, Timothee Chalamet, Hong Chau, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Blake Lively, Regina Hall, Rashida Jones, Lily James, Lily Collins, Chloe Grace Moretz, Olivia Munn, Kal Penn, Pedro Pascal, Amber Tamblyn, Damon Wayans, Gina Rodriguez, Sarah Silverman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Evan Rachel Wood, and Amandla Stenberg.

Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”), Justin Simien (“Dear White People”), and Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”) are among the directors invited to join the Academy. International filmmakers include Luca Guadagnino, Andy Muschietti, Chloe Zhao, Nadine Labaki, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Ziad Doueiri, and Michel Gondry.

Writers tapped include J.K. Rowling, Emily V. Gordon, Jonathan Nolan, and Joe Robert Cole. Invited musicians include Kendrick Lamar, Melissa Etheridge, Sufjan Stevens, and Questlove.

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