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Oscars made more diverse after race row

The organisers of the Oscars have invited a record number of new people to vote for next year's Academy Awards following the row over a lack of diversity.

Luther star Idris Elba, Star Wars actor John Boyega and rapper Ice Cube are among 683 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The move comes after a lack of diversity among the nominees at this year's Oscars sparked an unprecedented debate about race in the film industry.

The academy, which has pledged to double the number of "women and diverse members" by 2020, said the group of people invited to join was 46% female and 41% "people of colour".

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said the group represented "the best in our global film community". "We're proud to welcome these members to the academy, and know they view this as an opportunity, not just an invitation," she added.

Emma Watson, Kate Beckinsale, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Rylance, who won the Oscar for best supporting actor this year, are among the British stars who have been invited to join the academy.

Belfast Telegraph