Oscars new members: eight happens we learned from the 2016 invite register

Check your postbox: this year the Academy has asked an extraordinary number of film industry luminaries to connect their grades as part of a drive to doubled diversity by the end of the activities of the decade. Heres what were taking away from the RSVPs

Being white-hot and male doesnt pledge you a place at the table

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Ken Loach with his Palme dOr for I, Daniel Blake. Photo: Villard/ Sipa/ Rex/ Shutterstock

Ken Loach , now 80, won the Palme dOr for the second day this year and has for the past 50 or so been an absolute bastion of quality film-making. Hes cited by many of the worlds top heads as an muse, and he makes the kind of liberal fare even the grandest Hollywood cigar-chomper would grudgingly admit has recognition. Past wins are automatically invited, but, still, the invite for Mark Rylance likewise serves to show just how long it was before the movies genuinely worked out how to use him.

The Academy is aping Cannes

Though Hollywood notoriously disdains foreign cinema, part of the relevant principles in the directorial invitees seems to be to bring on board some of the big hitters from the Croisette: Palme dOr wins such as Cristian Mungiu, Abdellatif Kechiche, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Abbas Kiarostami. Not exclusively does it class up the seam, it is helpful with diversification more. Win win.

The British film industry may be better at diversity

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