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Hrithik Roshan and Alia Bhatt among 819 invited to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced 819 invitees, which includes Alia Bhatt and Hrithik Roshan. Casting director Nandini Shrikent, costume designer Neeta Lulla, documentary filmmakers Nishtha Jain and Amit Madheshiya, visual effects supervisors Vishal Anand and Sandeep Kamal are among other Indian artists to be invited by the academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the organisation that puts the Oscars. If the invitees accept the invitation, which most do, they will have the voting privileges at this year’s Oscars.

As announced by the Academy, this year, it surpassed its goal to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/ racial communities by 2020, which was set in 2016. The goal was set in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite controversy that started in 2016. The 2020 class is 45 per cent women, 36 per cent underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49 per cent international from 68 countries. 75 Oscar nominees, including 15 winners, and five recipients of Scientific and Technical Awards have been asked to join the organisation this year.

The massive 2020 list includes a diverse swath of people from all sectors of the industry, from acting to publicity to costume design. Invited actors include Ana De Armas (Knives Out), Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk), Florence Pugh (Little Women), Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) and Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians). Directors like Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Ari Aster (Midsommar), Terence Davies (The House of Mirth) and Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) are also on the list.

Academy president David Rubin said in a statement, “The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travellers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now.”

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said, “We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one. We are committed to staying the course. I cannot give enough thanks to all our members and staff who worked on the A2020 initiative and to our head of Member Relations and Awards, Lorenza Munoz, for her leadership and passion in guiding us through to this point and helping to set the path going forward. We look forward to continuing to foster an Academy that reflects the world around us in our membership, our programs, our new Museum and in our awards.”

Oscars 2021 ceremony is scheduled for April 25.

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