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Academy Invites 928 New Members Including Tiffany Haddish

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Guess we’re all going to Tiffany Haddish’s house for Oscar-screener watch parties this year. On Monday, the Academy invited the largest class of new members in its history—928 people in all—a diverse group including the Girls Trip star, as well as Emilia Clarke, Mindy Kaling, Kendrick Lamar, and J.K. Rowling.

Building on the ambitious inclusion goals the Academy set in 2016, 49 percent of the new members are women and 38 percent are people of color, according to statistics provided by the organization. The new class brings overall female membership to 31 percent, up from 25 percent in 2015; overall membership for people of color is now up to 16 percent, up from 8 percent in 2015. Nine of the branches, including executives and producers, invited more women than men.

There is also age diversity among the new members. At 14, Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest, while the oldest invited is 86. The new members come from 59 different countries, and include South Korean actress Doona Bae, Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, and Indian actor Ali Fazal.

New directors invited include Sean Baker (The Florida Project), Justin Simien(Dear White People), and Chloé Zhao (The Rider). Among executives, there are DC Films chief Walter Hamada, Netflix documentary and comedy czar Lisa Nishimura, and Paramount communications executive Chris Petrikin.