Posted Monday 02 Jul 2018
The group behind the prestigious Oscars film awards has invited 928 artists and executives to join the Academy Awards body - almost half of whom are women, the BBC reports. Of those invited by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, just over a third are from minorities. The move is part of a plan to double the number of women and ethnic minorities in the Academy by 2020. The recent #OscarsSoWhite and #MeToo movements criticised the body for its overwhelmingly white male membership. If all 928 of the Academy's invitations are accepted, female membership will rise to 31% from 28%, while ethnic minority members will increase to 16% from 13%, according to the academy. Well, it's a start!