In a continued push for diversity, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record number of 928 film personalities from 59 different countries to be its members.
The list features twenty names from the Indian film industry including that of Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Aditya Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ali Fazal and Manish Malhotra.
The list also contains names of Indian technicians
Apart from the aforementioned names, Cinematographer Anil Mehta, sound designers Debajit Changmai and Biswadeep Chatterjee and production designers Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray have also made it to the list.
Music composers Usha Khanna and Sneha Khanwalkar, film editor Ballu Saluja, producer Guneet Monga and costume designer Debajit Changmai have received an invitation as well.
Big B, Aamir, Priyanka, Deepika, Irrfan were invited last year
Last year, the Academy had invited Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mrinal Sen, Goutam Ghose and Sooni Taraporevala to be on its panel.