The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued invitations to 928 people working in the film industry, making this the largest class of new members in the history of the Oscars.
Out of this class of 2018, 49% are women, potentially bringing the overall percent of women in the Academy up to a mere 31%, from 28% last year. And that’s assuming everyone who was issued an invitation accepts.
The Academy cites that 9 branches invited more women than men to join, included Actors and Producers, but not Directors.
Racial diversity sees a similarly small improvement, too. The class of 2018 holds 38% membership from people of color, which brings the overall percent for people of color to only 16%, up from 13% last year. The Academy does not disaggregate data under ‘people of color,’ so there isn’t more detailed information on how this category breaks down.
Personally, I’m just glad they finally invited Tiffany Haddish and Mindy Kaling.