Bollywood actors Alia Bhatt and Hrithik Roshan are among the new list of invitees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is 36% people of color and 45% women. On Wednesday, the official Twitter handle of the Academy shared the list of the invitees along with a caption that read, "Say hello to our brand new class of Academy members." Besides Alia and Hrithik, documentary filmmakers Nishtha Jain and Amit Madheshiya, designer Neeta Lulla, casting director Nandini Shrikent, visual effects supervisors Vishal Anand and Sandeep Kamal have received invitations from the Academy.
The list acknowledged Alia Bhatt for her performances in the films Gully Boy ( which was India's official entry for the 2020 Oscars) and Raazi, while Super 30 and Jodhaa Akbar were listed as Hrithik Roshan's prominent works. Neeta Lulla's work in Jodhaa Akbar and Devdas also fetched her an invite.
Here's the full list of invitees:
The Academy has, in the recent past, made noticeable efforts to acknowledge persons of colour as well as non-English films produced outside the United States of America. At the Academy Awards this year, the Foreign Language film category was renamed as the Best International Feature Film category. South Korean entry Parasite became the first non-English film to win the Best Picture Award.
Also part of the course correction is the programme Academy Aperture 2025, through which the Academy aims to turn itself into an “anti-racist, inclusive organization that will contextualise and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, and build authentic relationships with diverse communities”.
Furthermore, the Academy will stream films released through the year for its members. With voting members being able to watch more films, the competition is expected to be more fair.
It's true! Next year's #Oscars will happen on April 25, 2021.— The Academy (@TheAcademy) June 15, 2020
Here's what else you need to know:
- The eligibility period for the Oscars will be extended to February 28, 2021
- Nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021
- @AcademyMuseum will open on April 30, 2021 pic.twitter.com/cTsqOfsf8k