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Oscars body appoints more black, women members

AFP
Published Jun 28, 2015, 7:54 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 5:56 pm IST
Although the movie made it into the best picture race and received rave reviews
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Los Angeles: Academy Award organisers invited more than 300 new members on Saturday to join the award-giving body, including a number of female and black stars after criticism that nominations for the 2015 race lacked diversity.
 
“As filmmaking evolves, so do we. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” the body said on its website. The academy, whose thousands of voting members are overwhelmingly white, with an average age in their 60s, invited 322 new artists and filmmakers to join the organization.
 
Among them was actor David Oyelowo, who starred as civil rights leader Martin Luther King in the 2014 film “Selma”. Although the movie made it into the best picture race and received rave reviews, none of its actors nor its director received Oscar nominations.
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