Stars including America Ferrera and Idris Elba have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following the criticism over the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars.
Members of the Academy were at the center of controversy when African-Americans notably failed to grab nominations in the four major Oscars categories, prompting anger in the Hollywood community over the lack of diversity in the movie industry.
Fans and critics were even prompted to start the #OscarsSoWhite social media movement, and as a result of the uproar, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Board of Governors approved of sweeping modifications to their voting system earlier this year in order to double the number of both women and people of color in its ranks.
And on Wednesday, the Academy issued a record-setting 683 invitations to new members, with 46 per cent of the new crop being female and 41 per cent people of color.
Prior to the new crop of members, the Academy’s 6,261 voting members were approximately 93 per cent white and 76 per cent male, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Among the notable names on the invitee list are actors Ferrera, Elba, Kate Beckinsale, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Ice Cube, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Dae Kim, Freida Pinto, Gabrielle Union, Eva Mendes, and Emma Watson, among others.
Meanwhile, directors making the list are Ryan Coogler, Cary Joji Fukunaga, and James Wan, musicians Mary J. Blige, Sia, will.i.am, and screenwriters Tina Fey and Keenan Ivory Wayans.0