The Academy invited 842 people from the film industry to join its ranks. With 421 of the invites sent to women, the total amount of female members jumped to 32%. Of the new members, 29% are people of color, raising the total number of POC members to 16% (up from 8% in 2015). Some people said the change is a direct result of the viral movement #OscarsSoWhite.

Notable new members are Winston Duke, Lady Gaga, Sterling K Brown, Jonathan M Chu, Nisha Ganatra, David E Talbert, PJ Raval, Matt Tyrnauer, Alana Mayo, Ellene Miles, Adele, Kris Bowers, Terence Nance, Desiree Akhavan, Gillian Flynn, Chinonye Chukwu.