Every year, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science invites new members, and publicists scramble to update their list. This year the Academy invites 397 people to become members and they have given priority to diversity in the representation. After the trend of “OscarTooWhite”, they have been focussing on the issue and bringing in more women and people of color to join as members of the global film community. According to an Academy-provided breakdown of the new invitees, 44 percent are women, 37 percent are non-white and 50 percent are non-Americans (54 different countries are represented). If they all accept, the Academy’s overall membership will be 34 percent female, 19 percent non-white, and 23 percent non-American.
From India, actress Kajol and South Indian actor Suriya Sivakumar are invited. Pan Nalin, Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, Reema Kagti are invited from the directors branch, documentary branch, and writers branch respectively.
However, this moment is more special for Suriya because he becomes the first Tamil actor to be invited to join the OSCARS where he will have the voting privilege and represent India. In 2021 he was one of the nominees for the Global Community Oscar award and it was such a proud moment for the industry, this year too Suriya has been recognised by the Academy and fans are overjoyed by the news. Check out some tweets:
— Rocky Bhai (@RockybhaiOffcl) June 29, 2022
— Brahadeesh_Rolex (@Brahadeesh_01) June 29, 2022
One & Only Indian Male Actor In The List
— Online Suriya Fans Team™ (@OnlineSuriyaFT) June 28, 2022