Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan and Actress Alia Bhatt were among the 819 artists and executives who have received invitations to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences(AMPAS). Other prominent Indian names to receive invitations include costume designer Neeta Lulla, casting director Nandini Shrikent, documentary filmmakers Nishtha Jain and Amit Madheshiya, visual effects supervisors Vishal Anand and Sandeep Kamal.
The major Hollywood names like Cynthia Erivo, John David Washinton, Constance Wu, Zazie Beetz, Florence Pugh Zendaya, Awkwafina, Yalitza Aparicio, Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, Adele Haenel. Thomasin McKenzie, Olivia Wilde and others. The multiple Oscar-winning South Korean movie”Parasite”–Jnag Hye-Jin, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Park So-Dam and Lee Jung-Eun–are also invited this year.
Academy President David Rubin said,”The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now.”
The official website of Academy claims that the 2020 class is “45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic /racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries.There are 75 Oscar nominees, including 15 winner, and five recipient of Scientific and Technical Awards.”
Those who accept the invitation will have the voting rights at the 93rd Academy Awards scheduled to be held on April 25, 2021.
In 2019, the organisation had invited 842 new members which included Indian names such as filmmakers Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and veteran actor Anupam Kher.