Motion Picture Academy invites 842 new members, including Anupam Kher, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap

In 10 of the 17 branches including the directing, writing and producing branches more women than men are invited. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap shared the news on Twitter and wrote, #WeAreTheAcademy”. If most accept their invites, the film academy will number more than 9,000 members. Since 2015, the group’s overall female membership has grown from 25% to 32%, the academy said. That’s a notable turnaround for an organization that has sought to diversify its ranks following criticism for all-white acting nominees in 2015 and 2016. Advertising

In the announcement, the Academy said this year half of the new invitees to the film academy are women. #WeAreTheAcademy
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) July 1, 2019
New invitees also include Lady Gaga, Sterling K. To aid in the swift overhaul of the academy, the group last year invited a record 928 members. Newly invited directors include Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker Jon Chu, The Babadook director Jennifer Kent and the filmmaking duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Overall membership of people of colour has doubled, from 8% to 16%. Advertising

India features prominently in the list of the new invitees that also includes Sherry Bharda (Hichki, Sui Dhaaga) and Srinivas Mohan (2.0, Baahubali: The Beginning) in the visual effects category, Ritesh Batra (Photograph) in the writers category, Archie Panjabi in actors category and Nisha Ganatra in the Directors category. While smaller, this year’s class still ranks as one of the academy’s largest in its 92-year history. (with inputs from AP)

Comment(s) This year’s class of new members also includes 29% of people of colour. Brown, Claire Foy, Letitia Wright, Tom Holland and Adele. Next year’s Academy Awards will be held on February 9, several weeks earlier than usual.