In response to the controversy over the absence of any non-white actors in this year’s Oscar nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has included many more women and minorities in its latest round of invitations, following up on an earlier pledge to diversify its voting membership, Michael Cieply reports at the New York Times:
By the academy’s count, 46 percent of this year’s 683 invitees are women, and 41 percent are minorities. Included were many of the stars and filmmakers who some felt were snubbed when the Oscar nominations were announced this year, including the director Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) and actors like Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation”). But the academy still has a long way to go to reach its goals, and the pace of new membership could be hard to sustain. Even if all of the new invitees join, minority membership would rise to 11 percent from 8 percent, and the percentage of women would increase to 27 percent from 25 percent.