LOS ANGELES — The group that awards the Oscars stated on Tuesday it had invited 819 new members to join its ranks and exceeded a goal set 4 years in the past to diversify the group’s membership by 2020.
Among the brand new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are a number of stars of South Korean drama “Parasite,” the group stated in an announcement. In February, “Parasite” turned the primary foreign-language film to win greatest image.
The group consists of actors Jang Hye-Jin, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Lee Jung-Eun and Park So-Dam and the film’s editor, costume designer and different crew members. The film’s director Bong Joon-ho and lead actor Song Kang-ho had been invited in 2015.
Among different new members, who come from 68 international locations, had been actors Awkwafina, Ana de Armas, Cynthia Erivo, Niecy Nash, Florence Pugh and John David Washington, and director and author Lulu Wang.
The academy launched an effort to diversify its ranks after dealing with criticism in 2015 when the #OscarsSoWhite motion highlighted an absence of Black actors nominated for the movie business’s prime awards.
With the brand new listing, 33% of the academy’s 9,000-plus members are ladies and 19% come from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities, the academy stated.
The group stated it had surpassed the goal it set in 2016 to double the variety of ladies and folks from underrepresented communities by 2020. In 2015, 25% of the membership had been ladies and 10% from underrepresented teams.
“We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one,” stated Academy Chief Executive Dawn Hudson. “We are committed to staying the course.”