The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), headed by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, has invited 683 industry professionals to join its ranks.
In response to this year’s #OscarsSoWhite fiasco, the Academy has sent an olive branch, of sorts.
Isaacs publicly announced the academy’s plan to double the number of women and members from diverse backgrounds by 2020.
On Wednesday, the academy took the first steps toward that goal.
Last year 322 were invited. This year’s 683 invitees more than doubles last year’s numbers. About 46 percent are female and 41 percent are people of color. Doubling the invitees will move overall female membership in the academy from 25 percent to 27 percent, and that of members of color from 8 percent to 11 percent.
Following is a list of invitees by category.
Actors: Mahershala Ali, Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, John Boyega, Morris Chestnut, Loretta Devine, Carmen Ejogo, Idris Elba, Vivica A. Fox, Dennis Haysbert, Ice Cube, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Nia Long, Adepero Oduye, Nate Parker, Harold Perrineau, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Lorraine Toussaint, Glynn Turman, Gabrielle Union, Damon Wayans Jr. and Marlon Wayans.
Hair/Makeup: Pierce Austin, Camille Friend, Norma Hill-Patton, Beverly Jo Pryor
Documentarians: Haile Gerima, Laurens Grant, Thomas Allen Harris, Shola Lynch, Louis Massiah, Dawn Porter
Casting: Jacqueline “Jaki” Brown, Kim Taylor-Coleman
Directors: Amma Asante, Souleymane Cissé, Ryan Coogler, Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye, Albert Hughes, Euzhan Palcy, Dee Rees, George Tillman Jr., Melvin Van Peeples, Keenan Ivory Wayans
Executives: Courtney D. Armstrong, Nicole Brown, Pauline Fischer, DeVon Franklin, James F. Lopez.
Mary J. Blige
Music: Mary J. Blige, RZA, Marcus Miller, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson, Will.i.am
Art Department: Production designer Hannah E. Beachler, storyboard artists Warren Drummond and Michael Anthony Jackson
Producers: Debra Martin Chase, Paul E. Hall
Jacqueline L. "Jackie" Bazan
Publicists: Jacqueline L. “Jackie” Bazan, Cassandra Butcher, Terra Potts, Arnold Robinson
Short Films and Animation: Damon Russell
Writers: Ryan Coogler, Ice Cube, Keenan Ivory Wayans (all invited in multiple categories)
Members at Large: Yolanda T. Cochran, Cameron Mitchell