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For two straight years #OscarsSoWhite became a trending topic after the Academy Awards announced their nominations featuring all-white performers in the acting categories. The Academy vowed to address the situation and implement a series of changes to the Academy’s voting membership to double the number of diverse members by 2020. It appears they’re putting their money where their mouth is.

The 2016 class, consisting of 683 invited new members, is the most diverse yet. The new class, an Academy record in size, is 46% female and 41% people of color. Should all the invitees accept the honor, the number of women members moves from 25% to 27%, while the members of color jumps from 8% to 11%.

“This class continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today,” wrote Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “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.”

Check out all the potential new members below.

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2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Portraits

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan, Fashion
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Lady Gaga may have lost the Oscar, but she was a winner in my books when it came to Vanity Fair’s annual Oscar portraits. How fierce does Mother Monster look in the photo above? Work that fabric girl!!!

The 29-year-old superstar was just one of many celebrities who posed for photographer Mark Seliger in his makeshift photo studio at Vanity Fair’s annual party. Among the other stars who took a break from the gala to get their mugs snapped were Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Lorde, Chris Rock and newly-minted Oscar winner, Brie Larson. Check out some of the pics below.

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Sorry Ellen DeGeneres, there’s a new Twitter queen in town. Or should I say king.

After being the bridesmaid several times, Leonardo DiCaprio snagged his first ever Academy Award. His long-overdue coronation had the Twitterverse working overdrive.

Reportedly, his win generated an insane 440,000 Tweets per minute, shattering the previous record. Ellen DeGeneres’ infamous star-studded selfie from the 2014 ceremony held the previous benchmark of 255,000 Tweets per minute. Find out Oscar’s second and third most tweeted moments below.

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The 88th Academy Awards air tomorrow Sunday, February 28 on ABC. The ceremony begins at 5:30 pm PST with the red carpet footage starting at 4:00 pm. Are you planning on tuning in? I am and holding a small soiree to watch it all go down.

During the marathon telecast, multiple bathroom breaks are needed. Let’s face it, most people tend to do it during the technical awards. While necessary to elevate every movie, their categories go mostly unnoticed. That is until now.

YouTube channel Burger Fiction compiled an epic supercut featuring every Oscar winner in the Best Visual Effects category since the first show. From Wings to Interstellar, every award-winning film is highlighted. Check out the montage below.

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The second round of 2016 Oscar presenters have been announced. Like the first wave, it’s all about diversity from the producers who are attempting to divert attention away from the #oscarssowhite controversy.

ABC stars Priyanka Chopra and Kerry Washington are set to hit the stage at some point, as well as Korean actor Byung-hun Lee and legendary producer Quincy Jones. Check out the entire list below.

The awards will be handed out on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, beginning at 7pm EST on ABC.

check out the full list after the jump

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While the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards are as white as freshly fallen show, the first wave of presenters not so much so. Definitely not #oscarssowhite action going on here. Wisely, the Academy has chosen a diverse list of personalities.

“Each of these artists bring a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”

When I say diverse, I mean diverse. You have black, white, young, old, gay, straight, American and international stars in the mix. Check out the first round of presenters below.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard about the controversy surrounding the 88th annual Oscars. The Academy has received plenty of criticism for having all white actors nominated in the acting categories for the second straight year in a row. A few celebrities including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting this year’s ceremony out of protest.

Naturally, the Academy is looking at ways to ensure this doesn’t happen again. In an unanimous vote, a series of changes to the Academy’s voting membership was passed Thursday night. Lifetime voting rights will be reframed, along with new governor seats added all to double the number of diverse members by 2020. Read the full statement below.

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On the heels of winning her first Golden Globe last week, Lady Gaga achieved another career milestone. The 29-year-old singer snagged a Best Original Song nomination for her Diane Warren collaboration, “Til It Happens To You.” Gaga recorded the powerful ballad for the sexual assault documentary, The Hunting Ground.

It appears, not everyone is happy with Mother Monster being recognized by the Academy. Linda Perry being one of them. The prolific singer-songwriter sent out a series of tweets expressing her disapproval of Gaga’s nod.

“I love Gaga so much respect and love this song that has nothing to do with anything. Why did Gaga get credit? Maybe because Diane wanted to ensure her support in promoting the song. Gaga is a very smart business women [sic] she knew a song written by Diane Warren would be up for an Oscar.”

It’ll be interesting to see if this controversy has any effect on whether Gaga walks away with the statue. Poor Diane Warren. Believe it or not, she’s never won an Oscar despite crafting some of cinematic’s most memorable theme songs including “Because You Loved Me”, “How Do I Live,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

Check out all of Perry’s tweets below. Girl definitely puts Gaga on blast.

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