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Academy invites 928 new members to encourage Hollywood diversity

Tiffany Haddish was one of many actress invited to be a member of the Academy.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science intends to boost the diversity of its voting body by inviting 928 new members of the 59 countries to participate, including actors, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Gina Rodriguez, and “The Rider” filmmaker Chloe Zhao, among others.

Almost half of the invitations were sent to women, while 38 percent of the invitations were sent to people of color, according to the Academy the infographic released Monday.

If each prospective member accepts their invitations, women and people of color will comprise 31 percent and 16 percent of the voting body, respectively, continuation of the gradual increase in these areas over the years.

“Hey yo. I am in The Academy,” Pakistani-American Nanjiani, who co-wrote and starred in “The Big Sick,” tweeted Monday. His wife and co-writer Emily V. Gordon was also invited to participate.

Others celebrated elsewhere, such as Haddish, who got the news of Melissa McCarthy on the set of their new film “The Kitchen.”

“Super cool,” the 38-year-old said in a video recording of the moment.

“So I get to vote?” Haddish added, before cried with a laugh: “I go to get free movies?”

The increase helps address the deep concern reflected in 2015 and 2016, both years in which neither the “Best Actor” or “Best Actress” award categories included minority nominees.

In the heat of the controversy, the president of the Academy, Boone Isaacs noted, the pressure to improve diversity.

“The Academy is taking drastic steps to change the makeup of our membership,” he said in a 2016 declaration.

The Academy’s goal is to double the 2016 various members in 2020. It seems that they are on the right track to keep on it when minorities held seven of the 20 nominations in the “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” categories in 2017.

New members get a chance to celebrate together in private events this fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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