The US Academy’s new invitees are 46% female and 41% people of colour. But research shows industry women still face “systematic lack of trust.”
Reflecting its recent diversity push, the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 683 film creatives and executives, 46% of them female and 41% of them people of colour, to become Academy members.
If all the invitations are accepted, Academy membership will go from 25% to 27% female and from 8% to 11% people of colour.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs (pictured) said the make-up of the group of potential new members “continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today. We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”
The invitees include 283 new international members from 59 countries, 28 Oscar winners, 98 Oscar nominees and four Sci-Tech Award winners.
Among the 69 actors getting the call are Kate Beckinsale, Idris Elba, Vivica A Fox, Andrew Garfield, Tom Hiddleston, Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Nate Parker, Mark Rylance, Emma Watson and Marlon Wayans.
The 91 invited directors include Lenny Abrahamson, Julie Dash, Xavier Dolan, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Cristian Mungiu, Park Chan-wook, Lynne Ramsay, Patricia Rozema, Melvin Van Peebles, Margarethe von Trotta, Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski.
AMPAS launched its diversity pushat the start of this year when the lack of actors of colour among the nominations for the four main acting Oscar categories led to a controversy expressed in the #OscarsSoWhite social media movement.
The list of Academy invitees was revealed on the same day that the Filmonomics section of industry web site Slated released information that, it said, “exposes a systemic lack of trust on the part of the film industry when it comes to collaborating with women in the workplace.”
Stemming from an analysis of 1,591 features released theatrically in the US between 2010 and 2015, the research shows women directors to be the most under-represented major category in cinema, accounting for 8.8% of the films surveyed. Womenwriters accounted for 13.2%, women producers for 19.8% and women acting leads for 29.4%.
Slated also said that women working in all roles are afforded smaller budgets than their male counterparts even though, with the exception of women directors, they generate higher returns.