Tiffany Haddish, Damon Wayans, and Dave Chappelle Invited to Join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

According to Variety, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited its largest number of new members to join this year with 928 invitees. Among those invitees include big names Tiffany Haddish, Damon Wayans, and Dave Chappelle.

The Academy topped last year’s record of 774 new members. It invited 683 members in 2016 and 322 in 2015, which were also record numbers.

The new record breaking numbers come as a result of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in 2016. Two weeks after the widely criticized nominations were announced, AMPAS announced a goal to double the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.

Monday’s invitations, if accepted, will result in 38% of the Oscars’ governing body’s new class being comprised of people of color, increasing their representation from 13% in 2017 to 16%.

If all invitations are accepted the total number members of the Academy will jump to 9,226.

Recently, the academy made headlines after rejecting Kobe Bryant’s application to join.

Other black celebrities invited to join the academy this year are Daniel Kaluuya, Regina Hall, Rashida Jones, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amandla Stenberg, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Simien, Questlove, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jenifer Lewis, Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, among others. 

Check out the full list of invitees here.

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