REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni | EPA Home Magazine Entertainment The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, dubbed as The Home of The Oscars, just released a massive new list of 819 invitees to join its organization. The invitations recognized those “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures,” including four Lebanese artists and creatives. View this post on Instagram It's time to announce our new members! Click the link in our bio to meet the Class of 2020. #WeAreTheAcademy A post shared by The Academy (@theacademy) on Jun 30, 2020 at 2:06pm PDT “The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences,” announced the Academy President, David Rubin. “We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” he added. View this post on Instagram From 1917 to 2020: George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman made an entrance at the #Oscars on Sunday. A post shared by The Academy (@theacademy) on Feb 13, 2020 at 9:37am PST This year, the Academy has diversified the voting members, and that is in response to complaints that its voting body was primarily made up of white males. In 2016, The Academy set inclusion goals for 2020, aiming to double the number of women and minority members. Comes 2020, it has surpassed its goal with 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries. View this post on Instagram I commenti sui social di alcuni nuovi membri italiani dell’Academy. . “Pensavo fosse uno scherzo e invece … È un piacere e un sogno essere membro dell’Academy. Grazie”. Maria Sole Tognazzi (regista) . “Onore, privilegio ed orgoglio essere stato scelto dagli Academy Awards come nuovo membro. Leggere il mio nome è stata una emozione inimmaginabile. Spero sia un forte segnale per confermare la grandezza del cinema Italiano ed internazionale nel mondo. Un enorme in bocca al lupo a tutti i colleghi scelti. Grazie infinite Academy”. Massimo Cantini Parrini (costumista) . “È un grande piacere ed onore unirmi all’Academy. Grazie mille”. Alberto Barbera dal Lido dove prepara Venezia 77. E poi La Biennale di Venezia: “C’è anche il nostro Direttore Artistico della Biennale Cinema tra i nuovi membri dell’Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences che voteranno per i prossimi Oscars! Congratulazioni!”. . Carlo Chatrian, Direttore Artistico della Berlinale: “Grazie per l’invito. È davvero un grande onore e un impegno per me e il festival che rappresento”. . E poi c’è anche l’ufficio stampa Claudia Tomassini: “Emozionata, felice e onorata!”. . [📸: Getty Images / Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger e Brad Pitt / Oscars 2020] . . . . #mariasoletognazzi #massimocantiniparrini #albertobarbera #venezia77 #carlochatrian #berlinale #claudiatomassini #oscars #academy #academyawards #wearetheacademy #joaquinphoenix #reneezellweger #bradpitt A post shared by RB Casting (@rbcasting) on Jul 1, 2020 at 1:37pm PDT The invited Lebanese artists who will vote this year are: Director Mounia Akl, Sound editor Rana Eid, Film critic Rima Mismar, Music composer Khaled Mouzanar, composer of the Oscar-nominated Capernaum, and husband of Nadine Labaki. I would like to thank @TheAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for welcoming me amongst them.🙏I am deeply honored and humbled to become part of this incredible family of music and cinema!🎶🎬 pic.twitter.com/c7v8X4KZIi— Khaled Mouzanar (@KhaledMouzanar) July 1, 2020 A handful of artists from the MENA region have also been invited, including Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri, Tunisian director Meryam Joobeur, and many more.