Academy Invites a Record 774 New Members

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday that they sent 774 invitations to new members

That number beats the previous record of 683 invitations that were sent out in 2016. The Academy has put a huge effort into diversifying its membership by inviting more women and people of color. The Academy said that the list represents talent from 57 countries. Thirty-nine percent female and 30 percent people of color.

The acting branch alone invited 105 members. From Hollywood Reporter, They include Avengers headliners like Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth; Star Wars stalwarts like Adam Driver, Riz Ahmed, Domhnall Gleeson and Warwick David; box-office stars like Dwayne Johnson, Kristen Stewart and the newly crowned Wonder Woman Gal Gadot; Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt; comic performers like Leslie Jones, Keegan-Michael Key and Wanda Sykes; recent Oscar nominees like Viggo Mortensen, Naomie Harris and Ruth Negga; and even veteran show-biz legend Betty White, who, at the age of 95, is the oldest of the new invitees. The youngest invitee is Elle Fanning, at the age of 19.

The directors branch invited 64, including Barry Jenkins. Directors of last year’s Best Picture winner Moonlight. Lion’s Garth Davis, Nocturnal Animals’ Tom Ford and The Dressmaker’s Jocelyn Moorehouse, as well as German helmer Fatih Akin (In the Fade), Chilean-born Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo), South Korea’s Kim Ki-duk (3-Iron) and Hong Kong filmmaker Johnny To (Election). Jordan Peele (who was also invited by the writers) got tapped on the strength of his breakout hit Get Out. And brothers Anthony Russo and Joseph Russo (Captain America: Civil War) got a matching set of invites.

Each of the Academy’s 17 branches draws up its own list of new members, and candidates must be sponsored by two members of the branch they will be invited to join. The basic requirement is that a candidate must have “demonstrated exceptional achievement in the field of theatrical motion pictures,” although each branch then has its own specific requirements. Actors, for example, must have a minimum of three theatrical features under their belt, while directors must have a minimum of two helming credits. Academy Award nominees are automatically considered for membership, although an invite is not guaranteed.

 Some stats from the AMPAS: 

 

The invitations are just that, an invitation. The invitee has to accept to be a member. The Academy only sends out invitations once per year. New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in the fall.

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