Film Academy Invites 774 New Members

The film academy is inviting 774 new members to join its ranks, including actors Leslie Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Riz Ahmed, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its latest invitees on Wednesday.

The organization reports the new class of potential members is 39 percent female and 30 percent non-white. The film academy has been diversifying its ranks after two years of #OscarsSoWhite and criticism of its overwhelmingly white and male voting body.

Other invitees include directors Barry Jenkins, who was nominated for his film “Moonlight,” and composers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Justin Timberlake. “Hidden Figures” director Theodore Melfi and documentarian Ezra Edelman, who won an Oscar for “O.J.: Made in America,” also received invitations.  (AP)

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1942 Oscar Auctioned in Rhode Island

A rare auction of an Oscar statuette has brought a total of $79,200.

Nanci Taylor of Briarbrook Auctions in Rhode Island said Monday that amount includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium for the 1942 Oscar. It was awarded to Joseph C. Wright for color art direction for his work on “My Gal Sal,” starring Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature.

Taylor declined to disclose the name of the buyer, but said “you would recognize the name.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t allow an Oscar statuette to be sold without first offering it back to the academy for $1. But the auction house says that restriction doesn’t apply to awards before 1950.

Wright died in 1985. His nephew inherited the statue, one of two Wright won in 1942. (AP)

Oscars to Stream Live Online for First Time

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday’s telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com.

The live stream will be available in eight cities where ABC owns the local station: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif. It’s also available only to subscribers of select cable companies: Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse.

The 86th annual Oscars will be broadcast live Sunday from Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. (AP)