In recent years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has been subject to much criticism over a lack of diversity over it's membership. After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of 2016 (although it kinda started in 2014 and gained steam after 2015 and 2016 nominations repeated the trend), the Academy has been trying to do more to include women and people of color. The 2017 Academy Awards featured many more diverse films and actors than some of the past years, but it wasn't enough change for many. Now the Academy is trying to add more diversity at it's core by inviting a record number of people of color and women to their membership.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy recently sent out 774 invite to people to join their membership. Of those invites, 30 percent of them are people of color, while 39 percent of them are women. In fact, the reports says that seven of the Academy branches (actors, casting directors, costume designers, documentary, executives and film editors) invited more women then men.
Some of the names invited include Donald Glover, Phylicia Rashad, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Jones, Wanda Sykes, Janelle Monáe, Riz Ahmed, Priyanka Chopra, and directors Barry Jenkins and Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, to name a few.
The Academy has been pushing for diversity the last few years now, and they showed it well this year with Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight winning Best Motion Picture, making it the first all-black film to win the award. Now with these potential additions to the Academy, even more diversity should be on it's way.