Following a push for greater representation in Hollywood and the #OscarsSoWhite protests - spearheaded by activist April Reign - 36% of people invited to join Oscars voting body the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year are people of colour, while 45% are women.
The 819 people invited to join the prestigious Hollywood club on Tuesday include Constance Wu, Zendaya, John David Washington and Cynthia Erivo. The new members will be able to vote for the 2021 Oscars.
Pressure has been mounting on the Academy to shift its membership for a number of years. “I feel [diversity] is a medicinal word that has no emotional resonance, and this is a really emotional issue," Ava Duvernay told The New York Times in 2016, "It’s emotional for artists who are women and people of colour to have less value placed on our worldview.”
She added: “There’s a belonging problem in Hollywood. Who dictates who belongs? The very body who dictates that looks all one way.”
In 2016 the Academy announced a series of 'A2020' goals pushing for greater inclusion. The new self-released statistics show it has doubled the number of women members from 2015 and tripled the number of people of colour.
Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO, said: "We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now."
“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," she added.
Despite a push to change Academy membership, the awards drew criticism this year for a predominantly white list of nominees. Actors of colour have won just 9% of acting Oscars in Academy history.
Issa Rae took a swipe at the all-male best director list on stage at the 92nd awards, quipping "congratulations to those men."