Taylor Swift, The Weeknd invited to join Oscars panel

US singer Taylor Swift poses in the press room after winning six awards at the 50th Annual American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on 20 November, 2022.AFP

Music megastars Taylor Swift and The Weeknd are among showbiz people invited to join the organization that votes on who gets Oscars, the body said Wednesday.

Other invitees include Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who directed ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’, which won seven Oscars this year including the prize for best picture.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said its new crop of members of Tinseltown's most elite club numbers 398 people.

Canadian singer Abel Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd poses during a photocall for the film "The Idol" at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on 23 May, 2023.

That is about half the figure of recent years as the academy scaled back after working to double the number of women and non-white members, following calls to boycott the glitzy Oscars and an angry social media backlash under the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite due to a lack of diversity.

The Academy now has more than 10,000 members.

Of the 2023 class, the academy said 40 per cent identify as women, 34 per cent belong to underrepresented ethnic and racial communities, and 52 per cent are from 50 countries and territories outside the United States.

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Swift's song ‘Carolina’ features in the movie ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ while The Weeknd's tune ‘Nothing is Lost (You Give Me Strength)’ is heard in ‘Avatar: Way of Water’. The artist's real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.

Seen as the apex body of the Hollywood film industry, the Academy issues a single round of invitations annually.

Only Academy members can vote for Oscar winners. Next year's Oscars are set to take place on 10 March.