Those who accept the invitation will have voting rights at the 93rd Academy Awards.
In 2016, the Academy promised to at least double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities by this year. Invited actors include Ana De Armas ("Knives Out"), Brian Tyree Henry ("If Beale Street Could Talk"), Florence Pugh ("Little Women"), Lakeith Stanfield ("Sorry to Bother You"), Beanie Feldstein ("Booksmart") and Constance Wu ("Crazy Rich Asians").
In a lengthy note on Instagram, Alia wrote, "I thank The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for inviting me to be a member of the Academy".
Seen as the apex body of the Hollywood film industry, the Academy issues a single round of invitations annually. The Academy excitedly announced that it had surpassed its previously stated goal of doubling the number of women and people of color in its membership by 2020.
Diversity at the Oscars has improved in recent years, with films such as Parasite and Moonlight winning best picture in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
The Academy has announced its new members list and it features Awkwafina, Matthew Cherry, Cynthia Erivo, Alma Har'el, Zendaya and others. The goal four years ago was set in response to the viral #OscarsSoWhite criticism that pointed out the institution's lack of representation.
The move toward racial equality in Hollywood has come under further scrutiny in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month, which spurred massive nationwide protests under the banner of "Black Lives Matter". The Raazi star has released a statement thanking The Academy for the same.
According to the Academy, the 2020 class comprises 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% global from 68 countries, as part of its goal to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities.
Additionally, 49% of invitees are based outside of the United States, in a total of 68 different countries.