New Academy Members List Includes The Rock, Gal Gadot, Riz Ahmed

In its continuing effort to add more representation to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the organization has issued invitations to 774 new members.

The list features many of our fan favorites including Dwayne Johnson. Riz Ahmed, Gal Gadot and John Cho.

Wonder Woman is not the only superhero on the list as Margot Robbie, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth have also been invited to join.

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Avengers stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans have both been invited to join The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Source: News Nation

Star Wars favorites Donnie Yen, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Warwick Davis and Donald Glover also received invitations.

Comedy is well represented by Rebel Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Wanda Sykes and Leslie Jones.

Again there is an obvious effort being made by the Academy to bring new blood into the fold. However, there are some true legends on this list, that make you wonder how these people hadn’t been invited to join until now.

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At 95 years old, Betty White has finally been invited to join The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Source: CNN

Seriously, how are Betty White, Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen just now getting in?

In the directing category Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele are both on the list, but they are so talented they have also been invited to join in other categories.

The music category includes pop superstar Justin Timberlake, as well as legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

The real question is will all this diversity and representation have an impact on Oscar voting?

The full fascinating list can be found here.

So which name are you most excited to see join the Academy?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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