Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Academy Announces Most Diverse Class Ever Post #OscarsSoWhite

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Academy Announces Most Diverse Class Ever Post #OscarsSoWhite

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited its biggest and most diverse group yet to join its ranks, with actors such as Michael B. Jordan and America Ferrera and directors including Ryan Coogler and Lana and Lilly Wachowski all receiving invitations.

The Academy came under fire earlier this year after it nominated all white actors for all the Oscars acting prizes for the second year in a row.

According to the Academy, 41 percent of the people being invited to join this year are people of color and 46 percent are female. If every person invited joins the Academy, the membership will be 11 percent people of color and women would make up 27 percent of the group.

"This is the result of having everyone be part of this conversation about inclusion and the diversity of talent making motion pictures in the year 2016," Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told the Hollywood Reporter.

Can the Academy keep up the pace? Boone Isaacs said earlier this year that the Academy wanted to double the amount of female and minority members by the year 2020. To do so, the Los Angeles Times predicted the Academy would need to extend invitations to 375 women at a minimum and more than 130 people of color every time for the next four years. …

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