The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just released invitations to its class of 2018, and not only is it the largest yet at 928 invitees, it’s also one of the most diverse.
The class of inductees, among them Mindy Kaling, Tiffany Haddish, and Kendrick Lamar, is comprised of 49% women and 38% POC spread across 59 different countries. The near-parity reached in this year’s slate of new members for both women and people of colour serves to further a much-needed focus on diverse voices within the Academy, with the wide array of demographics represented in this year’s inductees raising the overall number of women represented in the Academy to 31%, up 6% in two years. Although POC still only make up 16% of the Academy’s membership, that figure has doubled over the same timeframe.
With the near-equal representation in this year’s class only pushing the overall women membership up to nearly a third, we could still stand to do better, but things seem to be headed in the right direction – nine branches of the Academy inducted more women than men this year, among them Actors, Executives, and Producers.
The full list of inductees, which also includes Dave Chappelle, Kumail Nanjiani, and Rashida Jones among a plethora of other diverse voices, can be seen here.