Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor among 395 new guests at The Academy to vote for the Oscars | Bollywood
Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor are among 395 film industry figures who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body behind the Oscars.
Vidya Balan was recognized for her performances in Tumhari Sulu and Kahaani. Ekta Kapoor was awarded for Dream Girl and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, while her mother Shobha was awarded for Udta Punjab and The Dirty Picture.
Other actors who have been invited to join the Academy include Robert Pattinson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Kirby, Steven Yeun and others. Guest directors include Cathy Yan, Jonathan Glazer and many more.
The 2021 class, according to Variety, is made up of 46% women, 39% under-represented ethnic / racial communities and 53% internationals from 50 countries.
Eight people were invited to join several branches of the Academy. These include Leslie Odom Jr, Florian Zeller, Shaka King, Alexander Nanau, Emerald Fennell, Lee Isaac Chung, Craig Brewer and Kaouther Ben Hania.
The Academy has been in the midst of sweeping changes, mostly around inclusiveness and diversity. The changes were introduced after strong criticism that most of the Academy’s electorate members are white, causing internal bias in the Oscar voting process.
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Vidya was recently seen in director Amit Masurkar’s Sherni, released on Amazon Prime Video. Other Indian stars who have been invited to join the Academy and vote for Oscars in the past include Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan and filmmakers Goutam Ghose. and Buddhadeb Dasgupta.