The Academy Continues to Push for Diversity with New Membership

Sterling K. Brown. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/BEI/REX/Shutterstock (9307698rx)

Oscars so diverse.

You may remember back in 2016 when the Academy Awards nominees all looked a little similar.

The 20 names announced as nominees among the four main acting categories were all Caucasian, prompting allegations of a lack of diversity within The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The incident spurred the campaign #OscarsSoWhite, which in turn pushed The Academy to transform its membership.

That practice is being followed through in the announcement of its latest batch of members.

Of the 842 industry professionals who have been invited to join The Academy, 50% are female and 29% are non-white.

They include big names such as Lady Gaga, Claire Foy, Sterling K. Brown, Mark Ronson, Jamie Bell, Jennifer Ehle, Tom Holland, Damian Lewis, Elisabeth Moss, Archie Panjabi, Amanda Peet, and Alexander Skarsgard.

The new additions have likely caused the number of members to surpass 9,000, while 8,000 will be eligible to vote in the upcoming Oscars next February.