The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its new members and with 926 new people joining, its given 49% of the new membership to women and 38% to people of color (it’s about time). To mark the organization finally diversifying its members pool, let’s take a look at ten of the most kickass women of color who have just become members of the Academy.
Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Film and the first black woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes too, for her film Selma. While these should not be milestones and should just be the norm, it still goes to show that DuVernay is absolutely smashing it.
Nyong’o has risen to fame over the last few years with stunning turns in 12 Years a Slave and Black Panther to name but a few.
Gurira is both an actress and a playwright best known for her work on The Walking Dead as well as for her roles in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
Haddish’s fame continues to rise after starring in The Last O.G. along with Tracy Morgan, and she’s not stopping there. The actor’s also lined up for the sequel to the Lego Movie next year.
Kravitz is an actress and singer who, despite her eye-catching second name, is carving out her own career with band Lolawolf along with starring turns in X Men: First Class and Big Little Lies.
She may only be 14 but Wallis has already published four books and starred in the remake of Annie (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe).
Since appearing in The Office from 2005 to 2013, Kaling has been a mainstay of US TV along with her own show The Mindy Project, as well as publishing two books and some memorable voiceover work.
Pinkett Smith is by now surely one of America’s most recognizable actresses, having started out her film career in 1993’s Menace II Society and progressing up the ladder to more recent films like Girls Trip.
Sumpter is a well known actress, model, and TV presenter who appeared in both Ride Along and Ride Along 2. She also more recently played Michelle Obama in Southside With You.
Mosaku starred (and was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for her performance) in Damilola, Our Loved Boy and she was also in the BBC miniseries Moses Jones.