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Lady Gaga and Adele will participate in the voting at Oscars

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Female singers Lady Gaga, Adele and Annie Lennox are among the 842 new members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The organization announced this on Monday. From now on they can help decide who will receive the Oscars, the most important film prizes in the world.

Lady Gaga won an Oscar last year for the song Shallow from the movie A Star is Born. Annie Lennox won a statuette in 2004 for her title song from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Adele won an Oscar for the Bond film Skyfall.

Numerous actors and directors have also been admitted to the Academy. Jamie Bell (Rocketman, Billy Elliot), Sterling K. Brown (Black Panther), Claire Foy (First Man) and Tom Holland (Avengers, Spider-Man) are members from this moment on. New directors include Jon Baird (Stan & Ollie), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Lego Movie).

It is the second consecutive year that the Academy admits remarkably many more new candidates than was previously the case. In this way the organization wants to achieve more diversity in its own ranks. The Academy was under fire in recent years because the club was too white and too old. In 2015 and 2016 this led to the controversial hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, because the big nominations did not include any actor or director who was not white.

If all nominees accept the invitation, the Academy now has more than 9,000 members.

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