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Several Bollywood stars invited to Academy Awards

Several Bollywood stars invited to Academy Awards

Several Bollywood stars are among a record 774 people invited to join the ranks of the group that chooses the annual Oscars, as it seeks to diversify its predominantly white male membership.

Among the invitees are Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan.

Outgoing Academy Awards President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, have invited the record number to its governing body, surpassing the 683 invitations issued in 2016.

The Academy has been under pressure to diversify its membership for several years, reaching a crescendo in 2015, when all 20 acting nominees were white, prompting a collective push to ensure the awards show’s governing body included more women and people of colour.

The list also consists of Hollywood stars like Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth; Star Wars stalwarts Adam Driver, and stars like Dwayne Johnson, Kristen Stewart, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and veteran Betty White.

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June 29th, 2017

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