The Oscars voting body invited Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Mindy Kaling, Dave Chappelle and other actors in a push toward more diversity.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out a record 928 invitations to new members on Monday, welcoming a number of women and people of color such as Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, J.K. Rowling and Dave Chappelle in a visible push to continue diversifying its ranks. Those who accept their invitations will be inducted into the Academy, the 90-year-old voting body of film industry professionals that hands out Oscar nominations and awards, in private ceremonies this fall.
This year’s invitation list isn’t just a huge increase over the 774 new members invited last year — not to mention previous years, when getting 200 newbies was considered a major spike. It’s also making strides toward gender parity, with about half (49%) of this year’s invitations extended to women, compared to 39% last year. And Variety noted that nine of the Academy’s 17 branches (including actors, film editors and producers) invited more women than men this year, which will bring the female proportion of its membership to 31%.