Big B Amitabh Bachahan, Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan, Desi girl Priyanka Chopra,Dabang Salman Khan and many more Bollywood stars have been invited to join the Academy and vote in the Oscars. The 2017 invitees come from 57 nations, with the list comprising 39 per cent female and 30 per cent people of colour.
According to the sources, filmmakers Goutam Ghose and Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Aishwarya Rai, Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone,’Monsoon Wedding’ costume designer Arjun Bhasin, writer Sooni Taraporevala and documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan have also received the invitations to mark their presence in the Academy awards. Indian-origin visual effects director Mohit Kallianpur, behind animated films like ‘Frozen’ and ‘Tangled’, is also on the list.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website says, ““The 2017 invitees come from 57 countries, with the list comprising 39 per cent female and 30 per cent people of colour.”
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President also said in a statement, “”We’re proud to invite our newest class to the Academy. The entire motion picture community is what we make of it.”
Noticeably, there are a total of 774 people, who have been invited for the mega event.
“It’s up to all of us to ensure that new faces and voices are seen and heard, and to take a shot on the next generation the way someone took a shot on each of us,” said Isaacs.
The youngest invitee for the show is Elle Fanning while the oldest is Betty White. Invitations are also planned to give to ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot, comedian Amy Poehler, ‘Mr. Robot’ actor Rami Malek, ‘Rogue One’ actor Riz Ahmed, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
The directors on the list are Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele, Kim Ki-Duk, Theodore Melfi, David Ayer, Emmanuelle Bercot, Fatih Akin, Derek Cianfrance, Patricia Cardoso, Garth Davis, Lav Diaz, Tom Ford, Anna Hui, Takashi Miike, and Guy Ritchie, among others.