Big B, Aamir Khan among Bollywood stars invited to join Oscars Academy

Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Irrfan Khan, and directors like Mrinal Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Goutam Ghose are among those invited to join the Oscar Academy's Class of 2017.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, June 28, released the list of 774 invitees from 57 countries on its official website. The other Indians celebs on the list also include Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Salman Khan, costume designer Arjun Bhasin, writer Sooni Taraporevala and documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan.

India-born Mohit Kallianpur and Mahesh Ramasubramanian, who have worked in animation and visual effects of Hollywood films like ‘Frozen’ and ‘Shrek’ respectively, are a part of the exhaustive list.

Hollywood film ‘The Great Gatsby’ and Karan Johar's ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ were listed as Amitabh Bachchan's best recognised films, while ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and ‘Devdas’ have been mentioned below Aishwarya's name. Priyanka's Hollywood debut ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Barfi!’ have made it to the Academy's list of favourites, while Deepika has been identified with ‘Piku’ and ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’, her maiden Hollywood film. For Salman, the Academy has mentioned ‘Sultan’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, while for Irrfan they have listed ‘Life Of Pi’ and ‘Slumgod Millionaire’.

"We're proud to invite our newest class to the Academy. The entire motion picture community is what we make of it," Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, said in a statement.

Cheryl hinted about the new members availing the right to vote for the Oscars in an interview to a popular publication, Deadline. She was quoted as saying, “All of our members are professionals at the top of their forms, every last one of them. And I believe that they vote based on their knowledge of particular skill sets, and that's what they look for. What's most important is that each year more people are actually looking at more films and really taking a dive into the film, both from their branches and areas of expertise as well as the film itself, and that is certainly what the voting for Oscars is, but it also involves more people getting involved in our Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting awards, or the Student Academy Awards , or the Sci Tech area, all of what we do. It's not just the Oscars."