OSCAR Academy invites New German Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 683 new members will be invited to join the Academy, amongst them 8 filmmakers from Germany: Female directors Maren Ade ("Everyone Else", "Toni Erdmann") and Margarethe von Trotta, filmeditor Bettina Böhler ("Barbara", "The State I am In"), cinematographers Judith Kaufmann ("13 Minutes", "When we leave") and frequent Tom Tykwer collaborator Frank Griebe ("Cloud Atlas", "A Hologram fort he King"), Studio Babelsberg set decorator Bernhard Henrich ("Bridge of Spies") as well as the short film directors Patrick Vollrath and Max Lang.
The diversity push happened in response to the #OscarsSoWhite uproar that took place and was discussed during the OSCAR season this year. The predominently white and male membership, that was subject to the recent protests, has – according to this new class - been rearranged to 41 % more people of color and 46 % more women. Including the new class, the Academy membership is now 27% female and 11% people of color.