The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has revealed the names of the 683 filmmakers and craftspeople it is inviting to join its ranks. Forty-one percent of the enormous new class is comprised of people of color, bumping the overall academy from 8% to 11% people of color. After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she was committed to doubling the number of woman and minority members who can vote for the Oscars — an ambitious goal by any measure.

New film academy invitee Arab-German director Lexi Alexander: 'I cried a few tears'

Lexi Alexander (Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images)
Lexi Alexander (Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images)

Oscar-nominated director Lexi Alexander was emotional after learning of her invitation to join the academy

The Arab-German filmmaker was nominated in 2003 for her live-action short film "Johnny Flynton," which centers around a small-town boxer and a tragic set of events after an exhibition fight.

"After being an Oscar nominee 13 years ago... I'm so pleased to be invited," Alexander told The Times. "I'm especially happy to be part of such a diverse group. I actually want to hang out and watch movies with most of the people on this list.

"To be honest, I cried a few tears when I started to get congratulation tweets in Arabic. Although I'm aware of how under-represented we are, I sometimes forget how desperately Arabs who aren't in the film business wish for better stories about us."

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