Star Wars’ John Boyega praises the Academy’s new direction

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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%.

The Academy’s invite list also includes the Wachowskis, Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, America Ferrera, Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, and Ryan Coogler amongst many others.


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The Academy may have a long way to go, but let’s hope this is the first step towards a more diverse lineup at this year’s Oscars.

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