The Academy welcomes artists for membership, from Laverne Cox to Venessa Kirby and Leslie Odom


The Academy of motion picture arts and Sciences sent an invitation to around 395 artists and executives for their membership, this was announced on Thursday.  

Invitees were Oscar nominees Andra Day, Venessa Kirby, Leslie Odom, Steven Yenn, Maria Bakalova along with this year’s best-supporting actress winner Yuh-Jung Youn from South Korea. Laverne Cox, Carrie Coon, Clea Duvall, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Issa Rae, Henry Golding, and Jurnee Smollett also had the privileged opportunity to be a part of Oscar’s members. not only actors but even directors made their way to the membership including, Janicza Bravo, Lee Isaac Chung, Emerald Fennell, and Shaka King.

For almost a decade now the entire Hollywood industry has been under the pressure to acknowledge people of color, people with different identities, and people of different country origins, and now they walk hand in hand with the diversity.  

The layout of the entire membership plan seemed to be just right and efficient enough to give equal opportunity to the talents around the globe. The group is 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 53% international. They include 89 Oscar nominees, 25 of them winners. The Academy chooses its membership based on professional qualifications with an eye towards representation, inclusion, and impartiality. 

Oscars is the beacon of hope for talent and diversity is the best guardian of that beacon.  

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