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Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Invites Most Diverse Class Ever

Change has come — or at least that’s what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs hopes will happen after inviting the most diverse class EVER — including some of our favorite black actors who will now have a voice in the nomination process…

According to reports:

Less than a year after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy has invited a record 683 new members in what is being called its largest and most diverse class ever.

The new attendees – of which 46 percent are female and 41 percent are people of color – will push the needle on diversity of the academy membership, which is largely white and male. If all accept, Academy membership will be up to 27 percent female and 11 percent people of color – a 2 percent and 3 percent increase in each category, respectively.

Among the new invitees are Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, America Ferrera, Anthony Anderson, Regina King and Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout star John Boyega.

“We’re proud to welcome these new members to the Academy, and know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation, a mission and not just a membership,” Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement, adding the invitation was an opportunity for Hollywood to “open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”

We’re eager to see what next year’s nominations look like. Do you think the changes will pay off immediately?




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