'The Oscars' Wants You to Know It's Added People of Color to Its Voting Body

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The Oscars added 683 new members to its voting body on Wednesday and nearly half of the new additions are minorities.

46% of the new group are female and 41% of the new group consists of people of color — but combined with the existing class there’s only a 2-3% uptick in minority representation.

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via TMZ:

Notable names on the list include Idris Elba, Vivica A. Fox, Morris Chestnut, Michael B. Jordan, Nia Long, Gabrielle Union, and Marlon and Damon Wayans. ‘Star Wars’ newcomer John Boyega is the youngest at 24 added to the list. O’Shea Jackson also made the cut … interesting since the “Straight Outta Compton” snub ignited the controversy.

The Academy says the new class reps “the best in our global film community.” It also added this: “We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”

#OscarsSTILLSoWhite … but it’s a start.

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