Oscars Ups Diversity With 2016 New Members

In its push for more diversity among its ranks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued a record 683 invitations to new members, easily the largest number of new members ever.

The new members are heavily weighted to favor women and people of color – 46% are women, 41% are people of color. Should all elect to join, it would shift the demographic makeup of the Academy from 75 to 73% male, and from 93% to 89% white.

28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees are on the list, while 283 are considered international members. Amongst the high profile names are actors like John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Greta Gerwig, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Johnson, Byung-Hun Lee, Regina King, James Hong, Michelle Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Alicia Vikander, and Damon Wayans Jr.

There’s also writers and directors like Xavier Dolan, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Taika Waititi, James Wan, Lily & Lana Wachowski, Nicolas Winding Refn, Lynne Ramsay, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Ryan Coogler, Park Chan-wook, Adam McKay, Tina Fey, Alex Garland, Ana Lily Amirpour, Patty Jenkins, Drew Goddard, Richard Kelly, Yorgos Lanthimos, Abi Morgan, Scott Cooper, Ramin Bahrani, Catherine Breillat and Lenny Abrahamson.

Source: THR