Sharmila Tagore, Deepa Me­hta in­vited to be Academy mem­bers

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Leg­endary ac­tor Sharmila Tagore, Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire star Freida Pinto and di­rec­tor Deepa Me­hta are among the 683 mem­bers in­vited to join the or­gan­i­sa­tion that gives out the Os­car awards as part of a world­wide di­ver­sity push.

The new in­vi­tees are 46% fe­male and 41% peo­ple of colour, the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences said, adding the ros­ter boasts 28 Os­car win­ners and 98 nom­i­nees. The youngest in­vi­tee is 24 and the old­est 91. 283 are iden­ti­fied as in­ter­na­tional mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing 59 coun­tries.

Bri­tish film­maker of In­dian ori­gin Asif Ka­pa­dia — who bagged the Best Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture Os­car for “Amy” based on the life of late singer Amy Wine­house — also fea­tures in this year’s class of new mem­bers.

The new list fol­lows scathing crit­i­cism about a lack of di­ver­sity in the 6000-strong Academy’s ranks and among Os­car win­ners. All 20 nom­i­nees TAL­IBAN BE­HIND AT­TACK TER­ROR STRIKES AGAIN Leg­endary ac­tor Sharmila Tagore (left) and film-maker Deepa Me­hta were in­vited by the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences to be part of its new class of mem­bers. in the main act­ing cat­e­gories me­dia back­lash un­der the at this year’s Os­cars hash­tag #Os­carsSoWhite. were white for the sec­ond “This class con­tin­ues our year run­ning, prompt­ing long-term com­mit­ment to calls to boy­cott the glitzy wel­com­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent event and an an­gry so­cial re­flec­tive of those work­ing RESUR­GENT TAL­IBAN in film to­day,” Academy pres­i­dent Ch­eryl Boone Isaacs said in a state­ment.

“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 record num­ber of in­vi­tees also in­cludes rising young stars John Boyega of “Star Wars” and “Harry Pot­ter” ac­tress Emma Wat­son, Swedish Os­car win­ner Alicia Vikan­der and musician Mary J. Blige.

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