CORE STORY: The Academy invites most diverse class of new members ever

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Chris Luckett

After the #OscarsSoWhite campaign compelled the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to overhaul their rules and voting members earlier this year, most attention has been elsewhere. With AMPAS’s annual list of invitees, though, they’re back in the spotlight.

AMPAS sent out a record 683 invitations to new members Wednesday — more than double last year’s number — with 46% of them to women and 41% to people of colour.

If all invited choose to join, it will represent a small but significant improvement in diversity for the Academy.

Currently, the 6,261-large voting pool is made up of only 25% women and 8% people of colour. The current pool of invitees would raise those numbers to 27% and 11%, respectively.

AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs vowed earlier this year to double the numbers of woman and diverse members in the Academy by 2020.

Some of the notable acting invitees this year are below.

Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up, Captain America: Civil War)
John Boyega (Attack the Block, The Force Awakens)
Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Neighbors)
Idris Elba (Thor, Beasts of No Nation)
Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man)
Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days, Star Trek)
Luiz Guzman (Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love)
Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, The Avengers)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year)
Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station)
Brie Larson (Short Term 12, Room)
Rachel McAdams (State of Play, Spotlight)
Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious, Avatar)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl)
Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah)
Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, Little Man)

Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), James Wan (The Conjuring), and Lana and Lily Wachowski (Cloud Atlas) were among the directors invited.

(Sources: The Hollywood Reporter)

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