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Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Looks To Diversify Membership. New Invitees Of Note...

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 2, 2012 at 9:15AM

Announced over the weekend, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members into the organization on Friday.
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Kerry Washington

Announced over the weekend, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 176 new members into the organization on Friday.

According to an Los Angeles Times study published earlier this year, it was revealed that academy voters aren't as diverse than the moviegoing public they *serve.* Shocking, right?

The key stats:

- Oscar voters are about 94% Caucasian and 77% male. 

- Blacks are about 2% of the academy

- Latinos are less than 2%.

- Oscar voters have a median age of 62

- Voters under than 50 make up only 14% of the membership.

While I'm not at all shocked by the lack of diversity (and really, nobody should be), looking at the hard numbers in front of me does take me aback a bit. 

So who made the list of 176 new invitees this year, and just how diverse is that list of 176?

The Academy says that the 2012 class is 30% female and 14% nonwhite; so really, doesn't do a lot to change the current imbalance of power amongst voters.

Scrubbing through the list, the only new invitees of African descent that I found were: S. Epatha Merkerson, Octavia Spencer, Kerry Washington, Kasi Lemmons, Sam Pollard, Tracey Edmonds, and William Packer.

I wonder how they determine who to invite, because I'd think that some of these names would have already been invited in years past. Considering that Beyonce was invited last year, before several of the veterans/experienced invited this year, I'm perplexed. 


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