Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Anupam Kher among Indian celebs invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Anupam Kher among Indian celebs invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Anupam Kher join Lady Gaga, Adele as they are invited to become Oscar voters

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced invitations to 842 people announced Monday included leading women such as Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss and Gaga and Indian artistes.
By Agencies, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 10:30 AM IST

Directors Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and veteran actor Anupam Kher are among the 842 new members invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in its latest push to become more inclusive.

They would join 842 new members from 59 countries including Lady Gaga, Sterling K. Brown and Letitia Wright as the organisation strives to further diversify its ranks. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said half of the new invitees were women and 29% were people of colour. If all accept, it will bring total membership to more than 9,000 - 32% of them female and 16% of them people of colour.

Other invitees include Adele, Claire Foy, Tom Holland and Elisabeth Moss.

Among the Indian invitees, Kher has an extensive career in both Hindi cinema as well as Hollywood films such as Hotel Mumbai and The Big Sick while Akhtar, who has been invited in the directors category, most recently directed Gully Boy.

Kashyap has been invited in the Short Films and Feature Animation category. Lunchbox writer-director Ritesh Batra is also a part of the new invitees list, so are Indian origin actor Archie Punjabi and Late Night director Nisha Ganatra.

In the Visual Effects department, Sherry Bharda of Hichki fame and Srinivas Mohan, best known for his work on 2.0 and Baahubali: The Beginning, have been invited.

In 2016, the academy launched a campaign to diversify its membership after criticism that its largely white, male and older roster of film industry professionals was a barrier to racial and gender equality among Oscar winners and nominees. The organisation had invited 928 new members in 2018 which included Indian names such as Shah Rukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Tabu and Madhuri Dixit.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Taimur Ali Khan turns big brother as Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan welcome their second child.
Taimur Ali Khan turns big brother as Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan welcome their second child.

When Saif Ali Khan said he 'should've added a disclaimer' to son Taimur's name

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:52 PM IST
  • Actor Saif Ali Khan once said that he should've added a disclaimer to his son Taimur's name, after him and his wife, Kareena Kapoor, were criticised for picking that name.
Close
Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover married in 2016.
Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover married in 2016.

Sunkissed Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover bid the Maldives adieu, see pics

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:01 PM IST
  • Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover were in Maldives for a brief holiday and shared lots of pictures from the island nation. Check out their latest pictures here.
Close
Mira Rajput wishes Shahid Kapoor on his 40th birthday.
Mira Rajput wishes Shahid Kapoor on his 40th birthday.

Mira Rajput gives Shahid Kapoor a birthday kiss and a goofy note

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:59 PM IST
  • As Shahid Kapoor turns 40, his wife Mira Rajput took to Instagram and penned a sweet birthday note for the actor.
Close
Zareen Khan made her debut opposite Salman Khan in 2010's Veer.
Zareen Khan made her debut opposite Salman Khan in 2010's Veer.

'I was called Fatrina': Zareen Khan on how Katrina Kaif comparisons affected her

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:46 PM IST
  • Actor Zareen Khan has spoken about how being compared unfavourably to Katrina Kaif early in her career affected her.
Close
At Manikarnika bash, Kangana Ranaut spoke about Bollywood celebs not speaking about political issues.
At Manikarnika bash, Kangana Ranaut spoke about Bollywood celebs not speaking about political issues.

Kangana Ranaut mocks youths for not knowing Indian history, calls them 'monkeys'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:01 PM IST
  • Actor Kangana Ranaut in a new tweet called a group of youths 'primitive monkeys' for getting answers on history and current affairs wrong.
Close
Old, autographed pics of Biswajit, Shammi Kapoor, Saira Banu and many other 60s stars go viral online.(Twitter)
Old, autographed pics of Biswajit, Shammi Kapoor, Saira Banu and many other 60s stars go viral online.(Twitter)

Priyanka amplifies viral tweet with old pics of yesteryear stars

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:56 PM IST
  • Priyanka Chopra has amplified an author's tweet in which she'd shared pictures of yesteryear stars such as Dharmendra, Shammi Kapoor, Biswajit, Sadhna, Saira Banu, Asha Parekh and Sunil Dutt.
Close
Sara Ali Khan pays a visit to her father Saif Ali Khan, and his wife Kareena Kapoor.
Sara Ali Khan pays a visit to her father Saif Ali Khan, and his wife Kareena Kapoor.

Sara comes bearing gifts for Saif-Kareena's second baby, her new half-brother

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:56 PM IST
  • A video of actor Sara Ali Khan arriving with gifts for Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan's second baby, has been shared online. Watch here.
Close
Time to Dance stars Isabelle Kaif and Sooraj Pancholi in lead roles.
Time to Dance stars Isabelle Kaif and Sooraj Pancholi in lead roles.

Time to Dance trailer: Isabelle Kaif, Sooraj Pancholi find love through dance

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:22 PM IST
  • Time to Dance trailer continues the Indian dance film tradition of telling an engaging tale through a performing art form. Watch Isabelle Kaif in her debut role as Sooraj Pancholi makes a comeback.
Close
Kareena Kapoor has shared a picture of Saif Ali Khan with Anaita Shroff Adajania.
Kareena Kapoor has shared a picture of Saif Ali Khan with Anaita Shroff Adajania.

Kareena wishes Anaita Shroff on birthday but with a sassy comment for Saif

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:04 PM IST
Kareena Kapoor shared a sweet birthday wish for her friend and stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania on Instagram. She shared her photo with Saif Ali Khan.
Close
Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao drop their 'Pawri' video,
Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao drop their 'Pawri' video,

Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao drop their Badhaai Do wrap 'Pawri' video

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:03 PM IST
  • Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao have completed a filming schedule of Badhaai Do. Announcing the wrap, the duo joined director Harshavardhan Kulkarni to make their own 'Pawri Ho Rahi Hai' video.
Close
Babil has been posting old pictures of his father, Irrfan Khan on Instagram.
Babil has been posting old pictures of his father, Irrfan Khan on Instagram.

Babil says he still sees dad Irrfan in his dreams: 'I’d rather keep dreaming'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:03 PM IST
Irrfan Khan's son Babil is missing him a lot. Ever since the actor's death in April last year, Babil has regularly been sharing with his followers just how much he thinks about him all the time.
Close
Kangana Ranaut in as till from Tanu Weds Manu song.
Kangana Ranaut in as till from Tanu Weds Manu song.

Kangana on Tanu Weds Manu: 'I became only actress after Sridevi ji to do comedy'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:16 PM IST
Kangana Ranaut has spoken about her experience working on Tanu Weds Manu 10 years ago. The actor said that she thought she would make Aanand L Rai's career with the movie but he made her's.
Close
Actor Richa Chadha was seen in the recently released film Madam Chief Minister.
Actor Richa Chadha was seen in the recently released film Madam Chief Minister.

Richa Chadha shares Aishwarya-Salman song after getting fuel tank filled

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 01:04 PM IST
  • Richa Chadha has shared a song featuring Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan to express her sorrow on paying a huge price for getting her fuel tank filled.
Close
Actor Raveena Tandon started her film career with Pathhar Ke Phool opposite Salman Khan in 1991.
Actor Raveena Tandon started her film career with Pathhar Ke Phool opposite Salman Khan in 1991.

30 years of Raveena Tandon| ‘I am in this industry by default, I never wanted to become an actor’

By Rishabh Suri
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:12 PM IST
Actor Raveena Tandon, who started her career 30 years ago with Salman Khan in Pathhar Ke Phool, recalls how acting happened for her, and the secret to her staying relevant.
Close
Alia Bhatt in Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Alia Bhatt in Gangubai Kathiawadi.

Gangubai Kathiawadi: Alia's work praised, SS Rajamouli calls it 'impressive'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 11:51 AM IST
Gangubai Kathiawadi's teaser was unveiled on Wednesday and praising Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's work were a number of their industry friends.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP