Lady Gaga, “Black Panther” stars Winston Duke and Letitia Wright, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan, “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland, “The Good Wife” star Archie Panjabi, Adele and Elisabeth Moss were among 842 members of the film community invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday.
The Academy announced an inclusive group of potential new members for the 2019 class – representing 59 countries and consisting of 50% women invitees for the first time.
After this fall’s induction, new members will be voting on Oscar winners in time for the 2020 Oscars, handed out on Feb. 9.
As part of the Academy’s quest to diversify, 10 branches invited more women than men (casting directors, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, makeup and hairstylists, marketing, producers, production design and writers). The organization said 29% of the new class are people of color.
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If all of those invited accept the invitations (almost everyone does), the organization will have 9,226 members. With the additions, 32% of Academy members will be female (up from 25% in 2015) and 16% people of color (8% in 2015).
Other notable new members include Jamie Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Rosalind Chao, Marina de Tavira, Claire Foy, Tracy Letts, Amanda Peet, Damian Lewis, Kevin Pollak, Amanda Peet, Jack O’Connell, Alexander Skarsgard, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Lady Gaga was invited by both the music and acting branches (and must choose one). Other music branch invitees include Annie Lennox and Mark Ronson. Nick Cannon was invited as a member at large.
Increasing diversity within the group has been a major initiative since the outcry resulting from #OscarsSoWhite in January 2016, when the Academy nominated an entirely white slate of actors for a second year in a row.
At the time, the Academy announced a goal of doubling the number of women and minority members by 2020. The Academy has already met its goal of doubling the number of non-white members, and is on course to double the number of female members by the deadline.
Efforts to increase female membership gained momentum with the arrival of the #TimesUp movement and calls to end Hollywood’s gender pay gap, as advocated by Patricia Arquette on the 2015 Oscar stage when she won best supporting actor for “Boyhood.”
Frances McDormand used her 2018 Oscar podium, when she won best actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” to spotlight female empowerment and gender equality in the movie industry.