The Academy of Oscars continues to open up to women and minorities – rts.ch

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Regularly accused of being too masculine and too white, the Academy of Oscars published on Tuesday the list of 819 new members invited to join its ranks this year.

45% of this list are women and 36% are ethnic minorities “underrepresented in the organization”. Among the new arrivals are actress Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Eva Longoria and French filmmakers Ladj Ly (“Les Misérables”) and Jérémy Clapin (“I lost my body”).

The Academy has also recruited the French actress Adèle Haenel, symbol of a new impetus of the MeToo movement in France since she accused director Christophe Ruggia in November of “repeated touching” when she was a teenager.

Shattering outing

She also distinguished herself by leaving the Césars ceremony with a crash after the announcement that the award for best director went to Roman Polanski.

In 2016, after several years of scathing criticism of the composition of its colleges considered disconnected from society, the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences announced a doubling of the number of women and members from ethnic minorities by 2020.

dpa / br



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