Movie Academy Invites 928 New Members in Diversity Push

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An Academy Award statuette is seen on display at Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, February 28, 2016.

Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on June 25, 2018.

The group that hands out the Oscars said on Monday that it had invited 928 new members from 59 countries, in its biggest diversity drive after years of criticism of its mostly white and male membership. …

If all those invited accept, female membership would rise to 31 percent from the current 28 percent, the group said. People of color will increase to 16 percent from 13 percent. …

A lack of diversity within the academy has long been cited as a barrier to racial inclusion in Hollywood’s highest honors. In 2016, the Academy responded by pledging to double female and minority membership by 2020. …

NY Times 6/25

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