STAR WARS actor John Boyega and Creed’s Michael B. Jordan are among 683 new filmmakers to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in what the Oscar-awarding body has described as its largest and most diverse membership drive ever.
Of the prospective new Academy members, 46 per cent are women and 41 per cent are people of colour.
The list of new members unveiled yesterday (June 29) demonstrates the impact of the recent #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which saw the Academy roundly criticised for its lack of diversity after two consecutive crops of all-white acting nominees at the 2015 and 2016 Oscars.
“I’m deeply humbled by the honour of being an inductee of @TheAcademy alongside such formidable and diverse talent,” John Boyega said.
“I wish huge congratulations to all the new members also, this is a shift in a positive direction. Always a blessing to be one of so many Oscar voters that will hopefully spark change.”
At the time of the 2016 awards, just 25 per cent of the Academy’s 6,261 voting members were females, and a mere eight per cent were people of colour.
“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, urging Hollywood to “open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”