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)

List of Winners From the 2016 MTV Movie Awards

Winners of the 25th annual MTV Movie Awards, presented Saturday at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California:

Movie of the year: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Female performance: Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Male performance: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Virtual performance: Amy Poehler, “Inside Out”

Action performance: Chris Pratt, “Jurassic World”

True story: “Straight Outta Compton”

Documentary: “Amy”

Comedic performance: Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”

Breakthrough performance: Daisy Ridley, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best kiss: Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine, “Pitch Perfect 2”

Best fight: Ryan Reynolds and Ed Skrein, “Deadpool”

Best hero: Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”

Best villain: Adam Driver, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Ensemble cast: “Pitch Perfect 2”

MTV Generation Award: Will Smith

Comedic Genius Award: Melissa McCarthy (AP)