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Entertainment Oscars organizers say academy exceeds diversity goal as 'Parasite' cast, others join

02:15  01 july  2020
02:15  01 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Bong Joon-ho, Khánh Ly, Song Kang-ho standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: 92nd Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood © Reuters/Mario Anzuoni FILE PHOTO: 92nd Academy Awards - Oscars Show - Hollywood

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The organization that awards the Oscars said on Tuesday it had invited 819 new members to join its ranks and exceeded a goal set four years ago to diversify the group's membership by 2020.

Among the new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are several stars of South Korean drama "Parasite," the group said in a statement. In February, "Parasite" became the first foreign-language movie to win best picture.

The group includes actors Jang Hye-Jin, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Lee Jung-Eun and Park So-Dam and the movie's editor, costume designer and other crew members. The movie's director Bong Joon-ho and lead actor Song Kang-ho were invited in 2015.

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That said , our next edition will go on as planned in May to shine a light on cinema from all around the world The Korean film industry has been given considerable coverage since Parasite (2019) won The Academy is continuing with their diversity initiatives over the next five years which you can read

The board said its goal was to double the number of female and minority members by 2020. Without providing details, the academy ’s statement also said it would “supplement the traditional process” “Straight Outta Compton” faced a tougher climb in the acting categories, because its young cast was

Among other new members, who come from 68 countries, were actors Awkwafina, Ana de Armas, Cynthia Erivo, Niecy Nash, Florence Pugh and John David Washington, and director and writer Lulu Wang.

The academy launched an effort to diversify its ranks after facing criticism in 2015 when the #OscarsSoWhite movement highlighted a lack of Black actors nominated for the film industry's top awards.With the new list, 33% of the academy's 9,000-plus members are women and 19% come from underrepresented racial or ethnic communities, the academy said.

FILE PHOTO: Oscar statuettes are displayed at the © Reuters/Shannon Stapleton FILE PHOTO: Oscar statuettes are displayed at the "Meet the Oscars" exhibit in New York

The group said it had surpassed the goal it set in 2016 to double the number of women and people from underrepresented communities by 2020. In 2015, 25% of the membership were women and 10% from underrepresented groups.

"We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one," said Academy Chief Executive Dawn Hudson. "We are committed to staying the course."

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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