Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made a promise last year to diversify its membership list, and it looks as those she’s keeping her word.
Isaacs recently released the list of the invitees for the upcoming years’ membership and it definitely includes a lot of black people and women.
This years’ list includes 683 invitees and are listed below. Maybe next year the Oscars won’t be so white after all?
Actors: Mahershala Ali, Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman, John Boyega, Morris Chestnut, Loretta Devine, Carmen Ejogo, Idris Elba, Vivica A. Fox, Dennis Haysbert, Ice Cube, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Nia Long, Adepero Oduye, Nate Parker, Harold Perrineau, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Lorraine Toussaint, Glynn Turman, Gabrielle Union, Damon Wayans Jr. and Marlon Wayans.
Casting: Jacqueline “Jaki” Brown, Kim Taylor-Coleman
Art Department: Production designer Hannah E. Beachler, storyboard artists Warren Drummond and Michael Anthony Jackson
Directors: Amma Asante, Souleymane Cissé, Ryan Coogler, Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye, Albert Hughes, Euzhan Palcy, Dee Rees, George Tillman Jr., Melvin Van Peeples, Keenan Ivory Wayans
Documentarians: Haile Gerima, Laurens Grant, Thomas Allen Harris, Shola Lynch, Louis Massiah, Dawn Porter
Executives: Courtney D. Armstrong, Nicole Brown, Pauline Fischer, DeVon Franklin, James F. Lopez
Hair/Makeup: Pierce Austin, Camille Friend, Norma Hill-Patton, Beverly Jo Pryor
Music: Mary J. Blige, RZA, Marcus Miller, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson, Will.i.am
Producers: Debra Martin Chase, Paul E. Hall
Publicists: Jacqueline L. “Jackie” Bazan, Cassandra Butcher, Terra Potts, Arnold Robinson
Short Films and Animation: Damon Russell
Writers: Ryan Coogler, Ice Cube, Keenan Ivory Wayans (all invited in multiple categories)
Members at Large: Yolanda T. Cochran, Cameron Mitchell