Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences achieves gender parity in 2019 class

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences last week invited 842 members from 59 countries to the Oscars organization and, for the first time, reached gender parity in its new class of inductees, according to Time.com.

Half of the new invitees to the film academy are women. In 10 of the 17 branches — including the directing, writing and producing branches — more women than men were invited.

This year’s class of new members also includes 29 percent people of color.

Time.com notes that it’s a marked turnaround for an organization that has sought to diversity its ranks following the #OscarsSoWhite criticism for its all-white acting nominees in 2015 and 2016.

Since 2015, the group’s overall female membership has grown from 25 percent to 32 percent, the academy said. Overall membership of people of color has doubled, from 8 percent to 16 percent.

To hasten its membership overhaul, the academy last year invited a record 928 members. This year’s class is smaller, but still ranks as one the largest in the group’s 92-year history.

Elisabeth Moss, Letitia Wright, Claire Foy, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Tom Holland, Tracy Letts, Olivia Williams, Gemma Chan, Will Poulter, Lady Gaga and Adele are among the actors and musicians invited to become part of the academy’s class of 2019.

Among directors, Nisha Ganatra (“Late Night”), Liza Johnson (“Elvis & Nixon”), Jennifer Kent (“The Babadook”), Melanie Laurent (“Breathe”), Jonathan M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) and Jon Baird (Stan & Ollie) were among those invited.

Executives offered the chance to join the academy include Cathleen Taff, president of worldwide distribution at Disney; Julie Rapaport, Amazon Studios’ co-head of movies; indie film financer Ken Kao; and Matt Brodlie, who recently left Netflix to run programming at Disney’s forthcoming streaming service.

To see the full list of people invited to join the academy in 2019, click here.

Next year’s Academy Awards will are slated for Feb. 9, several weeks earlier than past years.

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