Diverse Class of Actors and Filmmakers Invited to Academy, a Year After #OscarsSoWhite Controversy
And the Oscar goes to... Diversity.
In response to the all-white Oscar acting nominees the past two years, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences invited 683 actors and filmmakers to join the organization.
In a statement released Wednesday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said: "[We] know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation, a mission and not just a membership.”
Of the new invitations, 46 percent are women and 41 percent are people of color.
Academy membership is by invitation only — and only members get to vote, so the Academy has vowed to double the number of women and minority membership by the year 2020.
Among those just invited to join are Vivica A. Fox, Idris Elba, Ice Cube, America Ferrera, Michelle Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac. Directors like Ryan Coogler, Cary Joji Fukunaga have also been asked, as well as musicians Mary J. Blige, Sia and Will.i.am.
Actress Gabrielle Union tweeted: "Huge honor... and I cannot wait to vote."
Star Wars' John Boyega posted:
While it's a step in the right direction, the Academy's minority membership is only going from 8 percent to 11 percent.
Blogger April Reign started the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign in 2015 that has been credited with jumpstarting all the changes.