Published On: Thu, Jun 30th, 2016

Oscars In Bid To Create More Diversity

A record number of new people have been invited to vote for next year’s Oscars following the row over a lack of diversity.

Luther star Idris Elba and Star Wars actor John Boyega are among 683 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

That is more than double the total invited the previous year.

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None of the nominees for the best actor and actress and best supporting actor and actress categories at this year’s Oscars was from an ethnic minority.

This prompted film star Will Smith and director Spike Lee to boycott the ceremony in February.

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The hashtag OscarSoWhite also became a rallying cry on social media for dissatisfied film stars and fans.

The Academy, which has already pledged to double the number of “women and diverse members” by 2020, said the group of people invited to join was 46% women and 41% “people of colour”.

At the start of 2016, there were 6,261 voting members, with around 92% white and 75% men.

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The new group will shift the Academy’s overall membership to 27% women and 11% non-white, it said.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said the new members represented “the best in our global film community, and who have made a lasting impact on movie fans everywhere”.

“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,” she said.

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