Oscar Diversity Push: One-Third of New Actor, Director Voters Not White
THR reached out to all 322 members of the Academy's biggest class ever and found more racial, gender and age diversity as the mostly white-male club seeks a shift.
This story first appeared in the July 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
The Motion Picture Academy is getting bigger, more far-flung and more diverse -- the latter being a stated goal of Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson. On June 26, the Oscar-granting body invited a record 322 individuals to join. That should boost the group's total membership -- even with the inevitable deaths that occur along the way -- above the 7,000 mark when an official tally is released this year.
Although women made up slightly less than 25 percent of the inductees and minorities represented an even smaller percentage, the new Academy is increasingly international, with South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) and Argentine writer-director Damian Szifron (Wild Tales) among the invitees. "Our goal is to recognize filmmaking and talent no matter where you live," Boone Isaacs says. Below, a breakdown of the new invitees in some of the Academy's more prominent branches and the total numbers based on THR research.