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The Academy Sends Out 322 Invitations to Many Famous Stars!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has just sent out invitations to 322 individuals, in favor of diversity!

Some of the famous people who have received invitations this year include Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Last year, The Academy sent out 271 invitations, which was five invitations less than 2013. The average number of invites was 133 between 2004-2012.

There is no guarantee that all the invitees will join The Academy, but it is very rare that people would decline.

Click inside to see who The Academy invited this year… More Here! »

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins 'Beauty & the Beast' as Plumette!

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the latest star to join the cast of the upcoming Disney movie musical Beauty and the Beast!

The 31-year-old British actress will be playing the role of Plumette, the feather duster, in the live-action adaptation of the animated movie, according to Variety.

Plumette is often referred to as Babette or Marie in other versions of the story. She is the love interest of Lumiere and is a maid when in human form.

Gugu is best known for her work in the films Beyond the Lights and Belle, both of which drew her rave reviews last year.

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Matthew McConaughey & Gugu Mbatha-Raw Go Back in Time fro New Movie Shoot!

Matthew McConaughey flashes a smile and a wave while sitting by the river during a scene for his upcoming Civil War drama The Free State of Jones on Tuesday (February 24) in New Orleans, La.

The 45-year-old actor filmed scenes with co-star Gugu Mbatha-Raw and they were seen wearing several costumes throughout the shoot.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Matthew McConaughey

In the movie, Matthew plays “Newton Knight, a soldier who flees the battlefields after being disillusioned by the horrors that touched his own family. On the run, he rallies the support of fellow deserters to lead an uprising against their former comrades, in the process creating a free safe haven,” according to Variety.

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Kerry Washington & Zoe Saldana Hit Pre-Oscars Sistahs Soiree

Kerry Washington and Zoe Saldana step out in style at Alfre Woodard’s Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday night (February 18) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The ladies were joined by Gugu Mbatha-Waw, Viola Davis, Danai Gurira, Rosario Dawson, Danai Gurira, Anika Noni Rose, Jurnee Smollett, and Angela Bassett.

The next day, Gugu also stepped out at the 2015 Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon at the same location.

FYI: Zoe is wearing a Lanvin dress, Irene Neuwirth jewelry, Kurt Geiger heels, and a Tyler Alexandra clutch. Kerry is wearing a Sophia Kah dress, SJP Collection shoes, and Jennifer Meyer jewelry. Danai is wearing a Chagoury Couture dress, Erickson Beamon Rocks earrings, and an Erin Dana clutch.

10+ pictures inside of Kerry Washington, Zoe Saldana, and more… More Here! »

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Belle's Gugu Mbatha-Raw Shares Some Inspirational Advice in 'Town & Country'

Gugu Mbatha Raw looks as stunning as always on the cover of Town & Country magazine’s March 2015 issue.

Here’s what the 31-year-old Beyond the Lights star had to share with the mag:

On her style: “In my daily life it’s about being comfortable. I wear a lot of black. But now, to promote these films, I’ve been working with a stylist. I’ve had some fun Cinderella moments in red carpet land. I love the Audrey Hepburns of this world, and I think Cate Blanchett is stunning and always nails it.”

On knowing yourself: “It’s important to know that it’s okay to be your natural self. It’s also okay to dress up and wear makeup and hair extensions if you want, so long as you don’t feel like you need that or will be worthless without it. The point is, it should be a choice.”

On the roles she’s played: “Growing up and going to RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] , so many of my peers go on to do period dramas, which is what we’re known for in the U.K. And I had all this classical training but, in some ways, nowhere to put it. It was fascinating to be able to do a movie like Belle—something period, with that Jane Austen feel, in which I wouldn’t be playing a slave or someone in a brutalized role.”

For more from Gugu, visit TownandCountryMag.com.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Jack O'Connell Are Rising Stars at the BAFTAs 2015

Beyond the LightsGugu Mbatha-Raw and Unbroken‘s Jack O’Connell arrive looking picture perfect at the 2015 EE British Academy Film Awards held at The Royal Opera House on Sunday (February 8) in London, England.

Both actors are nominated for this year’s EE Rising Star Award! Margot Robbie, Miles Teller, and Shailene Woodley are also among the nominees.

The award acknowledges rising young stars in the entertainment industry.

James McAvoy first won the prize back in 2006 when it was instated for the first time. Best of luck to tonight’s nominees.

FYI: Gugu is wearing a Prada dress and clutch, Brian Atwood shoes, and Fernando Jorge jewels.

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Taraji P. Henson & Gugu Mbatha-Raw Are Picture Perfect at NAACP Image Awards 2015

Taraji P. Henson looks ravishing in red while posing backstage with her trophy at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday (February 6) in Pasadena, Calif.

The 44-year-old actress won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her work in the movie No Good Deed.

Also pictured inside are Taraji‘s fellow nominee Gugu Mbatha-Raw from Belle, Mad Men‘s Teyonah Parris, Revenge‘s Gina Torres, and Garcelle Beauvais.

FYI: Taraji is wearing an Edition by Georges Chakra gown and Tacori jewelry. Gugu is wearing a Burberry gown, Brian Atwood shoes, an Edie Parker clutch, and Pamela Love earrings.

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