These Are the Latinos & Latin Americans Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Pictures in 2019

Lead Photo: Art by Alan Lopez for Remezcla
Art by Alan Lopez for Remezcla
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For the past few years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been actively trying to diversify its membership. That’s how Gina Rodriguez, Daniela Vega, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kleber Mendonça Filho have come into the fold as voting members of their respective branches. (During the nomination process, actors vote for the acting categories, editors for the editing one, directors for the directing one, and so on and so forth). This year, the Academy made a point of sharing just how broad a community they have brought into the membership: 50% of all new members are women (indeed, 10 branches invited more women than men this year), while 29% are people of color.

The (mostly) Latin American filmmakers and (very few) U.S. Latinos invited showcase a broad cross-section of the industry. From Argentine producers Benjamín Doménech, Santiago Galleli, Matías Roveda (of Lucrecia Martel’s Zama), Heitor Teixeira Pereira (Brazilian composer behind Real Women Have Curves), Phil Lord (Cuban-American Oscar-winner responsible for the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) to Marina de Tavira (Mexican actress who was a surprise Best Supporting Actress nominee for Roma), this year’s list is a reminder of the wildly talented pool of people who work in the U.S. and Latin America. One name curiously missing from the list is breakout actress Yalitza Aparicio. The Roma Best Actress nominee was eligible to be invited but may well have missed on an invite given that her work for Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning film was her first-ever on-screen performance. Here’s hoping she gets to showcase more of her talent in the years to come and finds an invite to the Academy in the near future.

In case you’re curious to see who else got invited, below is a survey of our favorite 12 invitees. Check them out below, as well as an added list of other talented folks from all across AMPAS’ branches that will get to decide whether, unlike this past year, a Spanish-language film will break through in the Best Picture race.

Yareli Arizmendi, Actor

Yareli Arizmendi in ‘Gente-fied’ digital series. Still courtesy of MACRO.

A Day Without a Mexican

Like Water for Chocolate

Bruno Bichir, Actor

Bruno Bichir attends the premiere of Pantelion Film’s “Cantinflas” at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 27, 2014. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Crónica de un Desayuno

Principio y Fin

Héctor Bonilla, Actor

Flickr photo by Milton Martínez / Secretaría de Cultura CDMX licensed under CC BY 2.0

7:19 La Hora del Temblor

Rojo Amanecer

Juan Diego Botto, Actor

Juan Diego Botto attends ‘Good Behavior’ NYC Premiere at Roxy Hotel on November 14, 2016. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Turner


Vete de Mí

Marina de Tavira, Actress

Marina de Tavira attends Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on January 05, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images


La Zona (The Zone)

Gina Gallego, Actress

Gina Gallego attends ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ season 4 premiere party at El Cid on October 13, 2018. Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Minority Report

Erin Brockovich

Dolores Heredia, Actress

Dolores Heredia attends the ‘Two Men in Town’ photocall during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 7, 2014. Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images


A Better Life

Ofelia Medina, Actress

Ofelia Medina in a scene from the movie ‘Frida Still Life,’ circa 1986. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Innocent Voices

Frida: Naturaleza Viva

Lucía Gajá, Director

Lucia Gaja at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2008. Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

Batallas Intimas

Mi Vida Dentro

Phil Lord, Director/Writer/Animation

Chris Miller and Phil Lord attend 91st Annual Academy Awards. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

21 Jump Street

Gloria Rolando, Director

Courtesy of Gloria Rolando Films Facebook page

Dialogue with My Grandmother

1912: Breaking the Silence, Chapter 1

Sebastián Silva, Writer

Sebastian Silva from ‘Tyrel’ attends The IMDb Studio at The Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018. Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb


Magic Magic

Additional Notable Invitees

Carolina Costa, Cinematographer

Diego García, Cinematographer

Miguel Littin Menz, Cinematographer

Julio Suárez, Costume Designer

Anna Terrazas, Costume Designer

Isabel Arrate Fernandez, Documentary

Carrie Lozano, Documentary

Martha Orozco, Documentary

Heitor Teixeira Pereira, Music

Lucy Barreto, Producer

Luiz Carlos Barreto, Producer

Santiago Gallelli, Producer

David Hinojosa, Producer

Matias Roveda, Producer

Barbara Enriquez, Art Director

David Torres, Animation

Sergio Diaz, Sound

Carlos Solis, Sound

Valeria Sarmiento, Writer

Víctor Gaviria, Writer