819 New Diverse Members Were Invited In the Academy

Diversity is the main goal as the race issues and movements erupted across America and true enough, this platform will revolutionize the mainstream. People of color has struggled so hard to reach this kind of milestone, the reason why this platform has changed the face of the Academy for being selective and bias in honoring the awards. Controversies circulate every after awarding and everybody is tired of it, we are getting tired of it. 

And yet, this decision is transformative and will open the doors for more opportunities and recognition for the people in diverse culture, as everybody fights for it. And now, the time has come to celebrate the equality in art of film industry and encourage to give love amidst the adversity that the country is facing right now. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially recalibrated their system and broke the stigma on -#OscarsSoWhite. Its primary goal is to diversify its membership to avoid selective conflict in the film committee, the organization announced last Tuesday.

The Academy reached out the invitations to 819 film industry artists and professionals, of which 45% are women, 36% are from underrepresented ethnic and racial communities, and 49% are international, around the 68 countries. The promising diversity people gained favorable notions and praises from the filmmakers who waited for this changes for so long. Hence, the metamorphosis of the Academy stirred up more excitement and anticipation for the said awaited event in the world of film industry. 

The star-studded list of invitees includes Zendaya, Ana de Armas, Lulu Wang, Awkwafina, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Cynthia Erivo, Ben Mendelsohn, Brian Tyree Henry, Constance Wu, Eva Longoria, Florence Pugh, Ari Aster and many more. The artists and professionals below will represent the third-largest class of new members in Academy history and that is so massive, to begin with. s

Due to the immense following public outcry over a lack of Oscar nominees of color and diverse race in 2015 and 2016, the Academy has set specific inclusion goals and formulated regulations to avoid selectivity in the nominations. This is as part of its A2020 initiative to avoid negligence of people of color and double the number of women who will receive the spotlight. As of now, according to the Academy, both goals have now been achieved, and this milestone will be continued years to years. s

“The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences,” Academy president David Rubin said in a statement. “We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now.”

Indeed, the talent and extra-ordinary power of film makers and actors is now finally recognized regardless of gender, race and culture background of the deserving individual that will bag the awards. Just last year, the Korean massive-blockbuster movie, Parasite, forever changed the game in the film circle and the widely-acclaimed and multi-awarded film is the epitome of breaking the racial stigma in the film industry. Moreover, this promising move will surely leave a remarkable print in the world. 

Just earlier this month, AMPAS has announced to the public about its Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, which is aimed at furthering efforts to advance inclusion of diversity inside the organization, regulations that should be refurbished and change, as well as in the entertainment industry in totality, by making drastic changes to its Oscars telecast, group governance and committee, and workplace culture and appropriation of the awarding ceremony. The metamorphosis might be surprising but let’s look at the brighter side. 

Henry Perry
Henry is an entertainer and a freelance writer. He loves painting and music.

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