The Academy announced on Wednesday that it’s inviting 774 new members — a record-breaking number.
It marks the second year in a row that the institution has broken its own record; last year, it set a new high-water mark by inviting 683 new members. Additionally, people of color make up 30% of the new class — a significant statistic following the #OscarsSoWhite protest that made waves in 2016. According to the Academy’s announcement, there has been a 331% increase of people of color invited to join the Academy from 2015-2017. The Academy has vowed to make its membership better reflect the world demographics, after many years of criticism that women, racial minorities and international artists were under-represented. As a result, the number of new-member invitations has risen steadily. [Source]
Noel Gugliemi – “Lowriders,” “The Fast and the Furious”
Jon Hamm – “Baby Driver,” “The Town”
Armie Hammer – “The Birth of a Nation,” “The Social Network”
Naomie Harris – “Moonlight,” “Skyfall”
Leila Hatami – “A Separation,” “Leila”
Anne Heche – “Rampart,” “DonnieBrasco”