Idris Elba, Gabrielle Union Added to The Academy
After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists came under fire for its lack of diversity, kicking off the aptly titled hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, the organization began making moves to make itself more diverse.
Last year, folks like Ava DuVernay, Ruth Carter, David Oyelowo, and F. Gary Gray joined its ranks, now the group just released it’s biggest and most diverse class to date.
The list of Black actors added to the Academy include: Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, Vivica A. Fox, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, and Star Wars‘ John Boyega, Nia Long, Chadwick Boseman, Mahershala Ali, Anthony Anderson, Morris Chestnut, Carmen Ejogo, Dennis Haysbert, Adepero Oduye, Nate Parker, Harold Perrineau, Anika Noni Rose, Lorraine Toussaint, Tessa Thompson, Glynn Turman, Damon Wayans, Jr., and Marlon Wayans.
A number of other Black creative professionals were also included among the 683 filmmakers, artists and executives added to the Academy.
According to the organization, 46 percent of the new members are women and 41 percent of people of color.
Despite the new members, however, the Academy is still overwhelmingly white and male–something that will take years to correct.
With this year’s class, the percentage of people of color within @TheAcademy went from 8 percent to 11 percent.
— Glenn Whipp (@GlennWhipp) June 29, 2016
Still, the calls for a more inclusive Academy seems to be paying off.