The Academy of the Oscars is becoming more diversified and balanced in terms of parity. Thanks to Lady Gaga, Claire Foy and Josiane Balasko to name but a few, this year, women represent 50% of the artists invited to join the ranks of the prestigious institution of Hollywood. A historic record. Ten out of the seven occupational categories represented at the Oscars, including the filmmakers, have even recruited more women than men, points out in its press release the Academy of arts and sciences of the cinema, which has chosen total of 842 new members from 59 countries.
In 2016, after several years of criticism scathing about the composition of its colleges, considered to be too male and too white to reflect the diversity of society, the Academy had announced a doubling of the number of women and members from ethnic minorities by 2020. At the time, 93% of its 6,000 members were white, 76% men, with a median age of 63 years. Now if the new members accept the invitation (this is usually the case, with the notable exception of Woody Allen and, most recently, Emmanuelle Seigner, to protest against the expulsion of her husband Roman Polanski), the proportion of women within the Academy will go this year to 32%, compared to 25% in 2015.
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29% of “people of color”
An evolution which does not stop at gender parity since 29% of the new class is composed of “people of color”, in other words, all those who are not strictly of european origin (black, asian, Latin american, arab, polynesian, mestizo, etc), in accordance with the usual definition for the statistics in the United States. The Academy has delivered on its promise of doubling the proportion of “people of color”, which will represent 16% of its members this year, up from only 8% in 2015. Among the newcomers, there are a number of artists to the cast of Black Panther , as the actors Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, or Letitia Wright, and the team of Crazy Rich Asians (the film director Jonathan Chu, and actress Gemma Chan).
lucky woman, the mexican actress Marina de Tavira, in the running for an Oscar last year for Roma , thanked on Twitter the Academy having made him “the honor”.
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The French on the front of the stage
To boost its diversity, the Academy has had to go recruit internationally, which are of particular benefit to French artists. Camille Cottin (Dropped series Ten percent ) appears on the prestigious list, as the actress Mélanie Laurent in it, is invited by the Academy as a director ( Galveston , Breathe ). In the ranks of writers, among Josiane Balasko ( The ex-wife of my life ” Gazon maudit ), the duo formed by Jean-Pierre Bacri and Agnès Jaoui, or even Coline Serreau, Cédric Klapisch, and Maiwenn, the French are not left out.
Among the players, the press note the arrival of Claire Foy ( First Man in the cinema, television series The Crown ) and Elizabeth Moss ( Us series The Handmaid’s tale ). The young Tom Holland, who embodies Spider-Man to the screen, is alongside the veteran Jean-Louis Trintignant, 88-year-old legend of the French cinema world-famous for his role as Brigitte Bardot in And God created woman (1956).
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Star of the year 2019, the pop diva Lady Gaga is also his entry to the Academy. It should, however, choose between the category “actress”, who had not brought luck to the academy awards for his film A Star Is Born , and the “music”, which earned him the statuette for best song. In the second case, Lady Gaga would be joining Annie Lennox, of the deceased duo british pop-Eurythmics and winning an Oscar for best song for the third installment of the Lord of the Rings , the singer Adele, she also got an oscar, and his associate, the composer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus…). In the very long list of new members of the category “animation”, we note the presence of the Japanese Katsuhiro Otomo, the father of the legendary manga Akira and its adaptation on the big screen.