Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who led efforts to improve diversity after a lack thereof caused #OscarsSoWhite to trend two years in a row, will be in Atlanta on Friday as part of the Bronze Lens Film Festival.
Lisa Rayam and Monica Pearson will host Friday’s luncheon, at the Marriott Marquis downtown. The event will feature a conversation with Isaacs.
Under Isaacs’ leadership, more than 600 new voting members, many of them artists of color, were added to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ roster earlier this year.
“We’re proud to welcome these new members to the Academy, and know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation, a mission and not just a membership,” she said in a statement at the time.
New members include Ice Cube, whose “Straight Outta Compton” was among the projects and casts seen as snubbed last go-round; Tessa Thompson and her “Creed” co-star Michael B. Jordan (Sylvester Stallone won a best-supporting Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Creed”); Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed James Brown in “Get On Up” and is set to star in the new Marvel movie “Black Panther;” Vivica A. Fox, Gabrielle Union, Anika Noni Rose, Damon Wayans, Jr., Mahershala Ali, Anthony Anderson, Loretta Devine and John Boyega.
“This class continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today,” Isaacs’ statement said. “We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”
Here’s a look at the incredible host committee for Friday’s event: