In a bid to make the decision-making process more inclusive, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended its membership to several Indian film personalities, including Shah Rukh Khan, Aditya Chopra, and Naseeruddin Shah.
Overall, 20 Indian filmmakers, actors, technicians have made the cut. As members of the Academy, they will get to vote for the respective branches they belong to (Actors vote for Best Actor, Directors vote for Best Director).
All members of the Academy, 6000 in all, are eligible to vote for the Best Picture category.
Here's the list of people chosen from India:
Shah Rukh Khan
Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray (Raazi, Haider)
Dolly Ahluwalia and Manish Malhotra
Anil Mehta (Rockstar, Kal Ho Na Ho Highway)
Biswadeep Chatterjee (3 Idiots, Madras Cafe)
Debajit Changmai (Raazi, Court)
Sneha Khanwalkar (Gangs of Wasseypur)
Balli Saluja (Dangal)
How does one get the membership and why were these people chosen over others?
According to Academy guidelines, one must've "achieved distinction in the motion picture arts and sciences," to qualify as a member. Membership is, of course, by invitation only.
As of last year, 31% of the members of the Academy were women and 16 percent were people of color. The number is expected to go up this year as more invites have been rolled out.
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