The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the list of 395 artists and executives from 50 different countries that have been invited to join the prestigious film body this year.
The list includes India’s Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor and her mother Shobha Kapoor. The Academy recognises Balan for her contribution to cinema as an actor through the 2012 thriller Kahaani and the 2017 family drama Tumhari.
Similarly, Ekta and Shobha Kapoor have been recognised for their part as producers for the movies Dream Girl, Udta Punjab, Dirty Picture and Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai.
The list also includes prestigious names of world cinema such as Janet Jackson, Robert Pattinson, H.E.R., Henry Golding and Eiza Gonzalez, Kenya Barris, Hugh Bonneville, Laverne Cox, Issa Rae, Nathan Lane among others.
This is The Academy’s smallest list in about 5 years. About half of this year’s invitees are previous year members, The class of 2021, as the academy calls it, comprised of 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 53% international are from 49 countries outside the United States. Of the 395 invitees, 89 are former Oscar nominees, including 25 winners.
After announcing the new invitees’ list, The Academy said in a statement, “To enable steady future growth and to ensure the necessary infrastructure, staff resources and environment to support all Academy members, the number invited to membership was limited to roughly half that of recent years”.
In the past Indian movie stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan, Deepika Padukone, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Goutam Ghose and Buddhadeb Dasgupta had also joined the Academy to vote in the Oscars.
Last year Alia Bhat and Hrithik Roshan were among the invitees at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to vote in oscars.