The Academy invited a record 683 new members, with members of the new class being 46% female and 41% people of color, it announced on Wednesday.
The new members include “Star Wars” actor John Boyega, Idris Elba and last year’s best actress winner Brie Larson. Also invited: Kate Beckinsale, “Creed” director Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan and Emma Watson.
The Academy membership, with the new class included, is now 27% female and 11% people of color. Before the announcement of the new class, it was just 25% female and 8% people of color, which represents a 2% increase in female members overall and a 3% increase in people of color, according to the statistics.
The diversity push was in response to the #OscarsSoWhite uproar that took place earlier this year, when all-white acting nominees (for the second year in a row) put a microscope on the Academy’s largely white and male membership.
“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,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy president, said in a statement. She also encouraged Hollywood and the larger creative community to “open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”
The new class is by far the largest ever announced by the Academy. Also included in the new invitees are Anthony Anderson, Adam Beach, Chadwick Boseman, Carmen Ejogo, America Ferrera, Greta Gerwig, Carla Gugino, Regina King, Tom Hiddleston, Rachel McAdams, Patti LuPone, Anika Noni Rose, Nate Parker and Marlon Wayans. Last year’s winners Alicia Vikander and Mark Rylance are also on the list.
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