If you were concerned about the lack of diversity within the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that worry should now be laid to rest. Many fresh, new faces have joined this year for a record total of 928 new members! So who’s all in?
It should be noted that last year was also a record breaking year for them as they invited 774 new members to join. But that record is now broken, most likely in response to the #OscarsSoWhite conflict that has been brewing over the last few years. After spending some time scheming, the AMPAS decided to double the number of women and diverse actors by the year 2020.
While not everyone may accept this invitation, if 100% of the invitees were to join that would bring the total number of members to a little over 9,000. According to Variety, the percentage for people of color represented in the Academy would rise to 16% compared to 13% just last year. With women, the number that represented them in 2015 was 25% and now in 2018, if all invitations are accepted, that figure stands at 31%. AMPAS has improved over the recent years.
Some of the big-name actors include Daniel Kaluuya, Mindy Kaling, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Miles Teller, Randall Park, Daisy Ridley, Timothee Chalamet, Hong Chau, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Blake Lively, Regina Hall, Rashida Jones, Lily James, Lily Collins, Chloe Grace Moretz, Olivia Munn, Kal Penn, Pedro Pascal, Amber Tamblyn, Damon Wayans, Gina Rodriguez, Sarah Silverman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Evan Rachel Wood, and Amandla Stenberg.
The majority of members come from the acting group; with a total of 20% of the Academy. Variety also shared some of the writers that have been invited to join.
J.K. Rowling, Emily V. Gordon, Jonathan Nolan, Joe Robert Cole and Virgil Williams. Kendrick Lamar, Melissa Etheridge, Sufjan Stevens, and Questlove are some of the invited musicians.
One thing is certain: they are moving in the right direction. Come Oscar season, it will be interesting to see if this has any effect on what movies are nominated. As we move into a new era of entertainment, we will need fresh faces to choose among the best films. How does this information make you feel about the future of the AMPAS?