In the actors branch
–the largest and historically the most diverse in the academy –just
29% of this year’s 69 invitees were white, compared with 68% of last
year’s class. Meanwhile, the share of women among the invitees to the actors branch
jumped from 28% last year to more than 49% this year.
branch, which added just three female members to its ranks in 2015,
invited a whopping 52 women this year, including prominent filmmakers
like Mary Harron ("American Psycho”), Patty Jenkins ("Monster”) and Karyn
Kusama ("Girlfight”) as well as others like Julia Loktev, Ursula
Meier and María Novaro, who may be less well known to American
influx of women – which comes just months after the federal Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission began an investigation into the lack of
female directors in Hollywood–brings the share of women in the
directors branch from 9% to more than18%.