Half of those announced tonight by the American Film Academy (AMPAS) are women. In 2015, blacks accounted for 8% of all academics. Now that the invitees will accept the inclusion, the percentage will double.
The Academy has 8,946 active members, with 8,733 members eligible to vote for Oscars. Overall, AMPAS has 9,794 members, including retired, retired.
Among these are now directors Matteo Garrone (“Dogman”, “Tale of Tales”) and Jon Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), actors Jamie Bell, Winston Duke and Gemma Chan, Ritesh Batra (“Photograph” Chinonye Chukwu (“Clemency”), Young-soo Park (“Detective Dee”) and Ryo Sakaguchi (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”).
Ten of the 17 Academy guilds have invited more women than men. Among them, directors, screenwriters and casting directors.
Among the directors were Nisha Ganatra, Jennifer Kent, Melanie Laurent, and Eva Husson.
Lady Gaga was invited to be part of the guild of actors and musicians. Among the latter, Adele Adkins (“Skyfall”) and Annie Lennox (“The Private War,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”) were invited.
Three other Oscar-winning composers have been invited this year – Ludwig Goransson (“Black Panther”), Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt who featured Shallow with Lady Gaga and two nominated Scott Wittman (“Mary Poppins Returns” ) and Jason Ruder (editor of “Star Is Born”).
The next Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 9, 2020.