The academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has issued 774 invitations to new members and the list is very long. The Indian actors who have been invited are Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. The most interesting thing is that, ShahRukh Khan is a major miss in their list.
As per the reports, topping the record of 683 invites last year, the Oscar granting body has now issued more invites this year that is 744. Other than the actors, there is a list of Indian directors as well namely, Mrinal Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Goutam Ghose are among the directors who have been invited. Writers such as Sooni Taraporevala, and the costume designer Arjun Bhasin, documentary maker Anand Patwardhan and sound designer Amrit Pritam Dutta were also among the list.
As per the talks going around there is a new class of 39 percent female and 30 percent non-white. The organisation has been enlarging its ranks after two years of Oscar So White and its criticism of its overwhelmingly white and male voting body. Now women consist of 28 percent of the academy membership and the non-whites account total off 13 percent.
There have been changes in the basic requirements. The basic requirement is that a candidate must have a demonstrated exceptional achievement in the field of theatrical motion pictures and each branch has its own specifications.
The move by the academy has been taking an a diversifying initiative that started a little before 204. There was a color biasness, there was a protest with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite which headlined the issue. After the protest it was finally opened to the world and today our Indian actors are also part of it.