(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Idris Elba, John Boyega, Nate Parker, Marlon Wayans, America Ferrera and Alicia Vikander have all been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of a new diverse class of 2016.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the 683 invitees Wednesday. “(We) know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation, a mission and not just a membership,” her statement said.

The new class, a record in size, is 46% female and 41% people of color.

The new class, should each invitee accept the honor, would raise the Academy’s percentage of female members from 25% to 27% and members of color from 8% to 11%. The 2016 class includes 283 new international members from 59 countries.

For the complete story, visit USAToday.com/Life/Movies.


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