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Film Academy's Record 928 New Members Make It More Diverse

Film Academy's Record 928 New Members Make It More Diverse
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:56 AM

The film academy that bestows the Oscars has invited a record 928 new members representing 59 countries to join in an effort to make the organization more diverse.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Monday that 49 percent of its invitees are female and 38 percent of are people of color. Should all the invitees accept, the new class would boost its overall membership to be 31 percent female and 16 percent persons of color.

The film academy in 2016 pledged to double the number of female and minority ranks of its members by 2020. Then, just 25 percent of its members were female and 8 percent were non-white.

Invitees always range from relative newcomers to industry veterans. Some of the youngest prospective members include 22-year-old "Call Me By Your Name" actor Timothee Chalamet and "Beasts of the Southern Wild's" Quvenzhané Wallis who, at 14, is the youngest invitee this year. Both were Oscar-nominated for their performances.

On the other end of the age spectrum is 84-year-old "Gosford Park" actress Eileen Atkins. Other highly-recognizable invitees include Dave Chappelle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amy Schumer, Christine Baranski, Sarah Silverman and Kyra Sedgwick. A batch of "The Simpsons" stars were also among the acting invitees, for their various film roles, including Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer and Yeardley Smith.

Both blockbuster and indie films are fair game for academy membership every year, too. This year is no exception, with invitations extended to persons in front of and behind the camera of films like "Star Wars" (including actress Daisy Ridley) and "Black Panther" (like actor Daniel Kaluuya, designer Ilt Jones and writer Joe Robert Cole) to people like the revered, but very niche Hungarian director Bela Tarr.

Notable music invitees include Kendrick Lamar ("Black Panther"), Melissa Etheridge ("An Inconvenient Truth") and Sufjan Stevens ("Call Me By Your Name").

New members will get a chance to celebrate together at private receptions this fall.

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