The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites massive and diverse 2016 class

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Following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of 2015, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs committed to doubling the number of female and minority members who vote for the Oscars.

With Wednesday’s announcement of the 2016 class of voters, it would appear Boone Isaacs is striving to achieve the set goal.

The new class is made up of 683 filmmakers and craftsmen who the Academy determined met the criteria of the organization.

This year’s class is over double the numbers of 2015, when the academy brought 322 new members into its ranks.

Forty-six percent of 2016’s class are female, bringing the overall percentage of female members in the Academy from 25 percent to 27 percent.

Forty-one percent are minorities, bringing the voter percentage from eight percent to 11 percent minorities, overall.

There are 283 new international members representing 59 countries.

It has been estimated in order to achieve its stated diversity goals, the Academy would have to invite at least 375 women and more than 130 people of color each year for the next four years.

But Boone Isaacs stated the Academy is “going to do everything in our power to meet our goals, because we know that this is the right thing to do.”


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