Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites new members into its ranks, an honor extended to outstanding actors, directors, writers, composers, and others at all levels of the film production process. This year, a record-breaking 928 invitations were issued.
Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Heady (Cersei Lannister), and Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) received invites, as did Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give) and Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings).
On the writing side, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was invited. Her screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made her eligible where the film adaptations of her books did not.
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In the announcement, the Academy was eager to point out the increasing diversity of their membership. Members of the Academy get to vote for Oscar winners each year.
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