Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor and more invited to be new members of the Academy

In order to rectify the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and promote diversity, the Academy has invited a record-breaking list of 928 new members including Bollywood's very own Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Anil Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Ali Fazal, Aditya Chopra and Manish Malhotra.
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Making history when it comes to the topic of diversity, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has invited a record-breaking list of 928 new members to the panel, who will be allowed to cast their votes at the Oscars on who they believe deserves to win. 
 
Last year, The Academy had invited 774 members which included Bollywood's very own Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone amongst others. 
 
This year, the list included Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Anil Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Ali Fazal, Aditya Chopra and Manish Malhotra. Other names who have been invited by The Academy include Kumail Nanjiani, Kal Penn, Blake Lively, Tiffany Haddish, Timothee Chalamet and Emilia Clarke.
 
This move has been taken very seriously by The Academy given the criticism they faced during the #OscarsSoWhite controversy as well as the panel being pre-dominantly ruled by men.
 
Through The Academy's new class, the new percentage of women in the panel increases from 28% to 31% and in terms of people of colour, the total increases from 13% to 16%.
 
On being invited by The Academy, Ali Fazal, who starred opposite Dame Judi Dench in Victoria & Abdul gushed, "It's an absolutely absolute honour for me to have been accepted into The Academy #IAmAcademy now. To one more step towards global cinema, towards one world. I am so happy The Academy has diversified extensively over the past few years. And to include me in that prestigious list is in itself an honour for me and my country. I hope I serve well in the forthcoming years of entertainment. There are some heavy names out there on the list so I am happy to share the stage with them on this."
 
Last year, The Academy was criticised for not including Shah Rukh in the list which included the other two Khans - Aamir and Salman. Looks like The Academy has now rectified the error!

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If Madhuri Dixit is taken here she is taken for choreography!! Not for acting :) We all know she is not what she claims to be.

Sridevi fans love to live in their own little bubble

SOooo glad Anil is finally in as well. Shah Rukh and he deserve this (HAVE deserved this for a long time)! And yes, Manish was a surprise to me, but truly he has done more for Bollywood films than PC can and will ever do and they let her in last year....why??? Seriously, he's probably clothed 90% of them.

Awesome!!

err they couldn't find more qualified people than bloody manish malhotra?! they should realise indian cinema isn't just about the hindi film industry! people like kamal hassan, mohan lal, naseeruddin, shabana and nandita das are definitely better candidates!

The Academy does not honor acting only. Isn't Costume Design a category at the Oscars? It seems like they have invited people from various departments, not just acting.

Sridevi would have been the first choice. But her demise has brought good luck for some people.Sad, very sad.

I sincerely don't think so. When it comes to public honours e.g. awards and the like, Madhuri has always been ahead. I sincerely doubt Sridevi would have been given the Best Actress awards for Mom if she was still alive

Sridevi was in LA last year for a Hollywood function when she met Ali Faizal. Who said she is never invited? The truth is she has ALWAYS rejected such invitations. Does she give interviews? She even rejected Madame Tussauds. Please don't be under the impression that Madhuri has always been ahead, the truth is Sridevi never shows any interests in these awards and honors.
Even Tabu is invited so are other regional actresses. So nothing great with madhuri here!

Sridevi fans are another level of delusion. Boney has been requesting Madame Tussauds for YEARS she still hasn't got that statue lol maybe now out of sympathy she will. & CAN she give interviews? It's not a matter of choice for her sweetie. And these are just invitations if Sri got one last year we would have known. So no she had no option of rejecting because she was never offered. Lol stay deluded

Yeah true.. she also rejected life time achievement awards.

Manish Malhotra?? How much did Karan pay for this?

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