The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today invited a record 683 people to joins its ranks, and was careful to include a breakdown by gender and race. That’s more than double last year’s 322 invitees. The new list comprises 46% women, including Rachel McAdams and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and 41% people of color, including Idris Elba, James Hong and rising stars Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman and The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega. Lana and Lilly Wachowski also were invited.
Diversity has been the Word of the Year for the Academy, which took no small amount of heat over a lack thereof in this year’s Oscar acting categories.
“We’re proud to welcome these new members to the Academy and know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation — a mission and not just a membership,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “This class continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today. We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”
The new invitees include 28 Oscar winners, range in age from 24 to 91 and represent 59 countries. Check out the complete list here. Below is a graph of female invitees and those of color, provided by the Academy:
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