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Taylor Swift, Austin Butler, Keke Palmer, and Ke Huy Quan Invited to Join the Film Academy

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Film Academy Membership Diversity

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to several notable individuals, including Taylor Swift, Ke Huy Quan, Austin Butler, Keke Palmer, and The Weeknd. This year, the prestigious organization behind the Oscars has invited a total of 398 individuals to join its esteemed ranks.

Among the invitees, there are 22 previous Oscar winners and 76 nominees. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the writer-director-producers of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” are also among those invited and must choose one of the three branches. Additionally, actors such as Paul Mescal, Stephanie Hsu, and Kerry Condon have received invitations.

Interestingly, a majority of this year’s invitees come from countries outside the United States. This includes Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr. from “RRR,” Zar Amir-Ebrahimi from “Holy Spider,” Dolly De Leon from “Triangle of Sadness,” Sakura Ando from “Shoplifters,” Vicky Kreips from “Phantom Thread,” and Park Hae-il from “Decision to Leave.” The list also includes Hollywood actors like Lashana Lynch, Nicholas Hoult, Bill Hader, Paul Reiser, Selma Blair, and Robert John Davi, known for his role in “The Goonies.”

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The director’s branch of the academy has extended invitations to talented individuals such as Joseph Kosinski (“Top Gun: Maverick”), Edward Berger (“All Quiet on the Western Front”), Santiago Mitre (“Argentina, 1985”), Michael Showalter (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), and Carlos López Estrada (“Raya and the Last Dragon”).

Among the executive branch invitees are David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, Joana Vicente, the CEO of the Sundance Institute, and Janet Pierson, the director emeritus of SXSW.

In the music branch, alongside Taylor Swift, who recently wrote a song for “Where the Crawdads Sing,” notable invitees include Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (known as The Weeknd), David Byrne, M.M. Keeravaani from “RRR,” and Ryan Lott and Ian Chang from Son Lux.

Several directors received invitations for other branches. Dean Fleischer-Camp, the director of “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” was invited to the animation and short film branch, while Charlotte Wells, the director of “Aftersun,” was invited to the writer’s branch. Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro was also among the invitees to the writer’s branch.

The academy has made significant progress in diversifying its membership. If all the invitees accept their invitations, the Academy’s membership will consist of 34% women, 18% individuals from underrepresented ethnic or racial communities, and 20% from non-U.S. countries.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Film Academy Membership Diversity

Who has been invited to join the Film Academy?

Taylor Swift, Austin Butler, Keke Palmer, Ke Huy Quan, and The Weeknd are among the individuals who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization extended invitations to a total of 398 individuals this year.

How many Oscar winners and nominees are among the invitees?

Among the invitees, there are 22 previous Oscar winners and 76 nominees, showcasing the recognition of accomplished talent within the film industry.

Are there any notable international figures among the invitees?

Yes, a majority of this year’s invitees come from countries outside of the United States. Actors such as Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr. from “RRR,” Zar Amir-Ebrahimi from “Holy Spider,” and Park Hae-il from “Decision to Leave” are among the international talents invited.

What is the overall aim of the Academy in extending these invitations?

The Academy aims to increase diversity and global representation within its ranks. If all the invitees accept their invitations, the Academy’s membership will consist of 34% women, 18% individuals from underrepresented ethnic or racial communities, and 20% from non-U.S. countries.

Are there any notable names from the music industry among the invitees?

Yes, Taylor Swift, who recently penned a song for “Where the Crawdads Sing,” and Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (The Weeknd) are among the notable names from the music industry who have been invited to join the Academy.

Which branches of the Academy have extended invitations?

Invitations have been extended to various branches, including the director’s branch, executive branch, and music branch. Notable directors, executives, and musicians have received invitations based on their contributions to the industry.

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5 comments

musicandmoviesfan June 29, 2023 - 5:16 am

taylor swift, austin butlr, keke palmr, ke huy quan, and the weeknd r joinin the academy?! omg! so many talented peeps in one place. it’s gonna b lit! can’t wait to see them bring their A-game to the big screen!

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moviebuff123 June 29, 2023 - 6:43 am

taylor swift and the other stars r invited to join the film academy this year! so cool! it’s gud to c more diversity n global talent in the academy. Oscars r gonna b even more exciting now!

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popcornlover June 29, 2023 - 10:54 am

yay, taylor swift and the gang are gonna be part of the film academy! this means we’ll get to see their amazing talent and creativity recognized even more. the Oscars just got a whole lot more interesting!

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filmgeek99 June 29, 2023 - 3:16 pm

wow, the film academy is really stepping up its game with these invites! love seeing more international representation and recognizing talent from different backgrounds. this is gonna make the Oscars even more inclusive and exciting!

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cinemalover22 June 29, 2023 - 6:42 pm

omg, did u hear? taylor swift, austin butler, keke palmer, and ke huy quan got invited to the film academy! they r gonna bring so much talent and awesomeness to the Oscars. can’t wait to see what they do next!

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