RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Eight hundred and forty-two people were invited to be part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Lady Gaga, Tom Holland and Adele are among the new names on the organization’s list of those who can vote for Oscar candidates.

Director Laís Bodanzky is among the Brazilians invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Director Laís Bodanzky is among the Brazilians invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (Photo internet reproduction/G1)

The announcement, made on Monday, July 1st, contains information regarding the new members. They are from 59 different countries, 50 percent are women, and 29 percent are non-white people.

The 2019 figures reflect the Academy’s effort to promote diversity over the past four years. Should all invitees accept, the number of women will be increased from seven to 32 percent. The number of non-white people may double, reaching 16 percent. In 2015, these figures were 25 and eight percent, respectively.

Marina de Tavira (“Roma”), Sterling K. Brown (“Black Panther”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Winston Duke (“Us”) and Jamie Bell (“Rocketman”) are also on the list. The number of Academy members could be as high as 10,000 this year.

Last year, the organization invited a record number of 928 new members, including Brazilians Alice Braga and Carlinhos Brown.

Director Laís Bodanzky (“Just Like Our Parents” and “Brainstorm”) and producers Luiz Carlos Barreto (“Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands”), and Lucy Barreto (“World in a Trance”) are the best-known Brazilians on the list for 2019.

The next Oscar award ceremony will take place on February 9th, 2020.

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