LOS ANGELES – The group that hands out the Oscars said on Monday that it had invited 928 new members from 59 countries, in its biggest diversity drive after years of criticism of its mostly white and male membership.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement that they push to diversify has stars such as Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish; The Big Sick co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon; Emily Clarke from Game of Thrones and comedian and actor Dave Chappelle.

If all the females invited it would push the female membership numbers to 31% from 28% and the numbers of people of colour would increase from 13% to 16%.

The total membership will increase to over 7000 actors, writers, directors, executives and others.

The diversity of the Academy come to the fore in 2016 after the hashtag #OcarsIsSoWhite and was cited as one of the barriers of racial inclusion within Hollywood. The Academy responded by saying they will double female and minority membership by 2020.

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