Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ali Fazal & Anil Kapoor, apart from producers Aditya Chopra and Guneet Monga, as well as music artistes Usha Khanna and Sneha Khanwalkar are among the Indians invited to be a part of the Oscar Academy’s Class of 2018.
On Monday the announcement was made on the official website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The new invites are an effort on the Oscar-giving body to include more women, people of colour, and international films. Among the invitees, 17 are Oscar winners, while 92 are Oscar nominees, including Timothee Chalamet & Daniel Kaluuya.
Mallu Saluja editor of film ‘Dangal’, costume designers Manish Malhotra & Dolly Ahluwalia, cinematographer Anil Mehta, actress Madhabi Mukherjee, production designers Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray are also a part of the list.
According to hollywoodreporter.com, 48% of the class of 2018 are female, and, should all accept membership, that will bring the overall percentage of women I the Academy to 31%. 38% of the new invitees are people of colour, which, should they all accept, would bring their overall percentage of the Academy to 16%.
The Academy extended invitations to a record 928 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures across the world. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2018.