By now I’m sure most of our readers are aware of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag that over took social media a few years ago calling for more diversity in entertainment. Now almost five years after the initial hashtag movement (time flies right), the Academy of Motion Pictures (Academy), is looking to improve its membership diversity, inviting “a record number of 928 new members, making the 2018 class the largest in history.”
The Academy is the Oscar award granting body and, according to the organization, the new invitations will help meet its goal of doubling the amount of women and people of color in its membership by 2020.
According to the Academy’s breakdown, 49 percent of new members this year are women and 38 percent are people of color. Still, those numbers do little to raise overall numbers of both groups over last year. Should everyone who has been invited actually agree to join, it would raise overall female membership from 28 percent to 31 percent, while non-white participation would inch up from 13 percent to 16 percent.
In 2016, the Academy’s membership sat at 92% white and 75% male. Some of the more recognizable names in this year’s invitation list included: Dave Chappelle, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Rowling, Kendrick Lamar and Jada Pinkett Smith