The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body responsible for awarding the Oscar awards every year, has often been accused of being little diverse when choosing the members that represent the industry and be composed too homogenously by older and white men.
These accusations became a movement when, in 2015, the hashtag "OscarsSoWhite" was created to protest the nominations of that year, which did not include any member of the African-American community. So the Academy took action and the following year President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced a plan to double the number of people of color and women by 2020.
That is why the Academy has just announced a new batch of film professionals who have been invited to join the group. In total, 842 members of whom 50% are women, 29% non-white people and come from 59 different countries.
Between the new female members One of the winners is found during the last edition of the awards: singer and actress Lady Gaga. There is also Elizabeth Moss, protagonist of The Maid's Tale and the Spanish interpreter Irene Escolar.
Although Irene is not the only Spanish representation since, distributed among the different categories, there are up to fourteen Spaniards. Five are also women. These are the assemblers Teresa Font and Julia Juániz, the producer Cristina Huete and the hairdressing managers Sylvie Imbert and Ana López-Puigcerver.
The institution began executing its strategy in June 2017, when it invited 774 new members, of which 20 were Latino. He continued last year beating his record of invitations with 928 members, of which 38% were non-white and 49% women. Among them were Carmen Maura and Emma Suarez.
Even so, the Academy is still far from reaching the goal that has been set to achieve for next years. Yes, in 2015, 25% of academics were women, with new invitations have risen only up to 32%. On the other hand, in relation to racial composition, the number of voters has already doubled with 16% of non-white people compared to 8% in 2015.
Despite this, in the Oscars edition of this year, we could already notice a change in the result of the voting with the most diverse list of winners in its history and that left a total of 15 award-winning women and seven African-Americans.