Nick Cannon... and 16 Other Surprising New Academy Members

The latest batch of new members invited to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences continues a tradition from the last few years, with many more nonwhite members and the first ever gender-equal invite list.This year the Academy invited 842 members into their ranks. Exactly half were women, and 29% were people of color. It puts the Academy on pace to meet its 2020 diversity goals, if not surpass them. The number of nonwhite members has already doubled in the last three years, and the number of female members could double by next year.But to do that, the Academy invited…Nick Cannon? We love “The Masked Singer” and “Drumline” as much as the next guy, but we definitely did not see that one coming. And the Academy even went all-in on Marvel, inviting Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, as well as “Black Panther” breakouts Letitia Wright and Winston Duke, who could easily be in the awards conversation before long, but this is a pleasant surprise.And then there were individuals like “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss or “The Good Wife” alum Archie Panjabi, who are better known for their work on TV than on the big screen, or screenwriter Kay Cannon, whose best known scripts are for commercial fare like the “Pitch Perfect” series that seldom garners awards attention.Read more on