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The Academy Responds To #OscarsSoWhite With Diverse Class Of New Members Including Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, & More!

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences is already starting to make good on its promise to double its number of women and diverse members!

On Wednesday, the Academy released a list of the 683 names of the organization's newest invitees, marking the biggest and most diverse class of new voters ever!

Related: 2016's Oscars Ratings Were The Lowest In Years!

Stars like Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, and more have been invited to join the elite group, following the Oscars' #OscarsSoWhite controversy earlier this year.

For the 2016 ceremony, all 20 of the acting nominees were white, sparking outrage across the country.

But now, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs is following through on her plan to include more female faces and diverse members in the mix, by also inviting stars like America Ferrera, Eva Mendes, John Boyega, Regina King, Anthony Anderson, and more.

Plus, transgender filmmakers and sisters Lana and Lilly Wachowski were also asked to become members!

YAAAS! We're LOVING this list! Ch-ch-check out everyone who got invited this year (below)!

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#OscarsSoWhite They're Lost In The 'Hood! Watch Chris Rock Take The 2016 Oscars Straight Into Compton!

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Now this is the kind of skit we were hoping for with Chris Rock!

The host of the Oscars decided it'd be best for the mostly-white audience to understand what's really going on in diverse (non-Hollywood) America, so he went straight back into Compton for an incredible bit!

Poll: Do You Think Chris Should Joke About #OscarsSoWhite?

The comedian interviewed theatergoers in the predominantly black south El Lay neighborhood about their thoughts on the Academy Awards, diversity at the movies, and #OscarsSoWhite, and the results are funny and VERY enlightening!

Ch-ch-check out the eye-opening bit (above) — let's just hope that the Academy was paying close attention!!

What'd U think of the skit?!

Let us know in the comments (below)!

And be sure to check out the ongoing winners list HERE!

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Lupita Nyong'o Makes A Bold Fashion Statement While Weighing In Again On The #OscarsSoWhite Controversy

Lupita Nyong'o brings color to the Today Show.

Pink and purple? Together? That's bold and we love it!

Of course Lupita Nyong'o has never shied away from taking fashion risks, so for her to pair a deep purple cut-out dress and matching pumps with a pale pink coat just makes sense!

Related: Lupita & Co. Cover Vanity Fair

It helps that you can totally see the confidence with which she wears it, too.

The actress wore the ensemble during an appearance on The Today Show in NYC Wednesday morning.

Weighing in on the Oscars controversy once more, she said:

"What I think it is, is that it's a symptom of something else. I think what we are asking for is really for more stories to be told, for inclusion in the stories that are told. And I think that it's good for all of us when we hear a diverse number of stories and are able to experience more diversity. It's more reflective of the world we live in. I think that's what we ultimately want, is for a diversity of stories to be told."

Well said!

Our movies should be more reflective of the world and the people in it.

And it's so great to see Lupita continue to talk about this issue. Nothing will change if we don't demand it!

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Halle Berry Weighs In On The 'Heartbreaking' Lack Of Diversity In This Year's Oscar Nominees!

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Halle sounds off on #OscarsSoWhite!

Halle Berry isn't staying silent anymore.

The lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations has got a lot of actors upset. Jada Pinkett Smith revealed she will be boycotting the ceremony and host Chris Rock is re-writing his script to address the controversy.

And now, the 49-year-old is also joining in on the conversation.

Related: Zendaya Calls For Change In Hollywood!

At the 2016 Makers Conference on Tuesday, the acclaimed actress addressed the issue while speaking to reporters. The brunette beauty remembered how excited she was when she won Best Actress for Monsters Ball back in 2002, because she believed it meant more opportunities for non-white actors in the future.

She explained:

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Lena Dunham & Gabrielle Union React To The #OscarsSoWhite Controversy — And Get Real About The Diversity Problems In Hollywood!

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More high-profile people are speaking out about diversity in Hollywood — and it's about time!

Both Lena Dunham and Gabrielle Union opened up about how to combat problems like the Oscars' recent controversy, during interviews with reporters this week at the Sundance Film Festival.

Related: This Take On #OscarsSoWhite Is AWFUL!

The Girls creator opened things up by being very candid about how studios ought to take a look at diverse voices and talent in El Lay:

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Chris Rock Is Writing A Whole New Oscars Script In Response To The Controversy! Find Out What The Academy Thinks Of The New Material!

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Even if it weren't the freakin' Oscars, this would now absolutely be must-see TV!

Chris Rock is NOT going to step down from hosting the controversial ceremony despite pressure from some celebs, according to the show's producer.

But he is going to change quite a bit of his material and routine to reflect the #OscarsSoWhite controversy!

Related: John Legend Has A Smart Take On #OscarsSoWhite!

Reginald Hudlin, the producer of the Academy Awards, revealed on Saturday night that the 50-year-old comedian is doing a complete overhaul of his bits, saying:

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John Legend Opens Up About #OscarsSoWhite: 'It's Important For The Academy To Come Closer To Reflecting What The Real Population Looks Like'

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John Legend is a smart man!

The singer had a very wise take on #OscarsSoWhite this weekend, when reporters caught up with him at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Related: Reese Witherspoon Weighs In On #OscarsSoWhite

Legend mentioned how, even though diversity in acting nominations at the Oscars was critically important, there was actually one area that was far more important in terms of being inclusive and equal: the Academy's governing ranks.

Legend said about diversity in the Academy's membership:

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