Academy welcomes 842 new members, half of them women

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday invited 842 members from 59 nations to the Oscars group and, for the first time, reached gender parity in its new class of inductees.

Half of the new invitees to the film academy are women. In 10 of the 17 branches — along with the directing, writing and producing branches — additional women than males have been invited. This yr’s class of new members moreover incorporates 29% of us of coloration.

That’s a notable turnaround for an organization that has sought to vary its ranks following criticism for all-white performing nominees in 2015 and 2016. Since 2015, the group’s basic female membership has grown from 25% to 32%, the academy acknowledged. Overall membership of us of coloration has doubled, from 8% to 16%.

To assist inside the swift overhaul of the academy, the group closing yr invited a file, 928 members. While smaller, this yr’s class nonetheless ranks as one of the academy’s largest in its 92-year historic previous.

New invitees embrace Lady Gaga, Sterling Okay. Brown, Claire Foy, Letitia Wright, Tom Holland, and Adele. Newly invited directors embrace “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon Chu, “The Babadook” director Jennifer Kent and the filmmaking duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

If most accept their invites, the film academy will amount larger than 9,000 members.

Next, yr’s Academy Awards will in all probability be held on Feb. 9, a number of weeks earlier than conventional.

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