The actor of the iconic film « The Hate » is the third Moroccan to join the esteemed organization after Nabil Ayouch and Khadija Alami. The Hollywood-based actor thus positions himself a little higher in the American showbiz. He took to his Instagram « Stories » to share the big news:
This year, the institution is playing the diversity card as a reaction to the many criticisms about the representation of minorities, who flooded social networks with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
Among the new artists, 38% are people of color, reports AFP, including actress and comedian Mindy Kaling, the youngest Quvenzhané Wallis (14), actor Daniel Kaluuya (« Get Out », « Black Panther « ), musicians Nitin Sawhney, Kendrick Lamar or Carlinhos Brown. Hence, artists of diverse ethnicities represent 16% of the total of the members against 8% in 2015, according to the same source.
Women, significantly fewer in number than men, also increased in number, rising to 31% against 25% three years ago. Among them this year, the Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha , the Lebanese Nadine Labaki and the French actresses Léa Seydoux, Sofia Boutella and Emmanuelle Seigner.