The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made major changes this year regarding the ongoing pandemic and widespread racial inequalities. Today, the Academy invited 819 new artists and executives to join their prestigious organization in 2020.
By inviting over 800 new members, the Academy has shown that they will continue to diversify their organization. If all 819 invitees accept their invitations, 45% of the new members will be women and 36% will be from underrepresented ethnic/racial communities. Also, out of all the invitees, 49% are from 68 countries. If all 819 invitees accept the invitations, the total membership of the Academy would be 9,300.
In 2016, the Academy outlined goals to at least double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities in their organization by 2020, which they accomplished. Since 2015, the number of women members has doubled from 1,446 to 3,179 in 2020. Similarly, the number of members from underrepresented ethnic/racial communities has tripled from 554 in 2015 to 1,787 in 2020.
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said, “We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one.”
While the Academy still has a lot of work to do, they have shown their commitment towards a more inclusive, diverse future.