The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is responsible for the presentation of the Oscars, welcomes 928 new members. After the criticisms that the Academy consisted mainly of older white men, it seems that the Academy more and more diverse.
The 928 new members represent 59 different countries, according to the Academy on its website. The South Korean actress Doona Bae, the Algerian actress Sofia Boutella and Indian actor Ali Fazal are on the list. The youngest new member (actress Quvenzhané Wallis) is 14 years old, composer composer Sofia Gubaidulina is with her 86 the oldest new member. Nearly half (49 percent) of the new members are women, which is the total number of women at 31 percent. In 2015, only a quarter of the members of the female sex.
Also the proportion of non-whites (“people of colour”) increases each year. Of the new members to 38 percent, in total, in 2018, 16 percent of a ethnic background. In 2015, it was still only 8 percent. In 2016, the Academy will take concrete steps to ensure more diverse, after two years in a row complaints were because the Oscars too white. Different actors called to a boycott. The Academy responded by including more persons with an ethnic background in management positions to appoint. At 2020, the Academy, the number of female members and members of ethnic minorities with a 20 percent increase, and they will also be members of their voting rights may decrease after ten years of not have been active in the film industry.
If all the members on the invitation to enter the Academy this year 9.226 members. Twenty percent of them are actors, with newcomers like Daniel Kaluuya, Mindy Kaling, Tiffany Haddish, Amy Schumer, Emilia Clarke, Sarah Silverman, Blake Lively, Timothee Chalamet, and Jada Pinkett Smith. That last refused in 2016 in protest to the award ceremony to come.