Netflix secured a whopping 17 film nominations, trouncing the competition from Hollywood studios among whom Sony finished second with just eight.
India is the biggest film industry in the world in terms of movies made with nearly 1,800 titles released in 2018.
The group that hands out the Oscars said it had invited 842 new members from 59 countries including Lady Gaga, Sterling K Brown and Letitia Wright as the organization strives to further diversify in its ranks.
The prestigious body is set to reexamine whether the streaming giant will remain eligible for such awards, despite a warning from the US Justice Department that could violate antitrust laws.
Diversity, though, was the biggest winner when a black filmmaker won his first competitive Oscar, a superhero blockbuster set in Africa scored big, and two black actors and an Egyptian first-generation American won three of the four acting prizes.
Oscars night is quickly approaching - and will be without a host for the first time in three decades. The prestigious ceremony has shown improvement in terms of nominating racially diverse films but has seen a decline in viewership in recent years.
Ingram launched his music career with the band Revelation Funk and later played keyboard for soul pioneer Ray Charles. Over his career, he was nominated for 14 Grammys along with two Golden Globes and two Oscars.
Kevin Hart takes over hosting duties from Jimmy Kimmel, who presided over the last two ceremonies.
Kathleen Kennedy, in charge of the latest "Star Wars" movies at Disney, is the first woman to receive the Thalberg, which was last handed out by the Academy in 2009 to Francis Ford Coppola.
More than a third, 38 percent to be exact, of all films and 30 percent of 225 features in the line-up of the 62nd annual London Film Festival have female directors, an increase from 2017.
The 75-year-old cinematographer, John Bailey, faces three harassment claims.
Stars wore white ribbons to express their solidarity with women victims of sexual violence at the "French Oscars" where Robin Campillo's "120 Beats per Minute" took home best film.
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