The Academy Tries to Fix its Diversity Issue By Inviting 774 New Members

Two years after the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag made national news, the Academy is still trying to work out their diversity issues.

READ: #OscarsBlackAF: Fences, Moonlight + Hidden Figures Lead Diversified 2017 Oscars Noms

But slowly, they’re handling it. Yesterday, the Academy invited 774 new members, a new record, to its organization. This new list includes A-listers like Dwayne Johnson, Jordan Peele, Priyanka Chopra, Briton Riz Ahmed, Gal Gadot, and Barry Jenkins, who took home the Best Picture Oscar for Moonlight this year.

READ: Miami Street To Be Renamed After Oscar-Winning Film Moonlight

It’s when you take a closer look at the overall picture do things get a little more interesting. The new class is 39% female, which, according to Vanity Fair, brings up the women numbers in the organization from 27% to 28%. As far as minorities, 30% of the new members are people of color, raising that number from 11% to 13% in the academy.

Still not the best numbers. But we’re getting there.


SOURCE: VanityFair.

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