John Boyega has praised the Academy after their selection of new members in response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
683 people from across the industry, including Boyega himself, have been invited to join the Academy. 46% of which are female, and 41% are non-white. Boyega expressed his happiness at the news on Instagram:
“I’m deeply humbled by the honour of being an inductee of @TheAcademy alongside such formidable and diverse talent, I wish a huge congratulations to all the new members also. This is a shift in a positive direction. Always a blessing to be one of the many Oscar voters that will hopefully spark change.” he wrote.
This is a shift in a positive direction.
The Academy’s male majority is now set to drop from 75% to 73%, while white members will decrease from 92% to 89%.