28 Jun 2018 | BY Sarah Thomas - @SarahTtheWriter
Several Australian names are among the 928 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a massive boost to the organisation’s representative ranks.
The Aussie acting talent on the Oscar-voters list are Elizabeth Debicki, whose most recent credits include Breathe and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Isla Fisher, (Nocturnal Animals, Tag).
Behind the camera, names include Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country) and Bonnie Elliott (Spear, Teenage Kicks) in the cinematography category, and Rachel Perkins (Jasper Jones, Bran Nue Dae) and Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya, Lars and the Real Girl) in the directing category.
Other names include producer Bridget Ikin (Sherpa, An Angel at My Table), and, in the short film and feature animation category, Melanie Coombs (Harvie Krumpet) and Josh Lawson (The Eleven O’Clock, After the Credits). Stuntman and filmmaker Nash Edgerton joins the ranks of members-at-large.
As part of a drive to include more women, people of colour and international talent, this year the academy has invited a record intake of 928 new members. Forty-nine per cent of which are women, bringing the number of women in the academy to 31 per cent, and 38 per cent are people of colour, which would bring the total to 16 per cent, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Other names on the wide-ranging list of global talent include Tiffany Hadish (Girls Trip), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), comedian Amy Schumer, JK Rowling (Harry Potter) and musicians Melissa Etheridge and Kendrick Lamar.
The new recruits will be formally inducted at a ceremony later this year.
Sarah Thomas is an entertainment writer and contributing editor at The FIERCE. @SarahTtheWriter.