These Are the Latinos Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Pictures This Year

Lead Photo: Art by Alan Lopez for Remezcla
Art by Alan Lopez for Remezcla
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When it comes to the Oscars, we know it’s just an honor to be nominated. But we should also remember that getting invited to be part of the Academy is as rare and welcome an honor. Continuing its mission to shake up the near 100-year-old organization, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences added 928 new members from 59 countries this year. Each member gets to join one branch and vote within that branch to dictate nominations (everyone votes for winners in their branch as well as for Best Picture). 49% of the invited members are female, which will nudge the overall female membership to a record-breaking (though still cringe-worthy) 31%. The same group is made up of 38% people of color (that overall percentage is unsurprisingly bleak: it sits at a paltry 16%). It’ll take time for the Academy’s make-up to mirror anything remotely resembling the United States’ demographics but these are all moves in the right direction.

There are, thankfully, a whole lot of Latino and Latin American filmmakers making their way into the Academy’s ranks this year. We decided to spotlight our favorite ten (all actors) which include a Jane the Virgin father-daughter duo, one of Mexico’s biggest comedic stars and two of Sebastian Lelio’s muses. Check them out below, as well as an added list of other talented folks from all across AMPAS’ branches that will get to decide what will follow The Shape of Water as next year’s Best Picture.

Alice Braga, Actress

Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza in Episode 205 of ‘Queen of the South.’ Photo by Zade Rosenthal. Courtesy of USA Network

I Am Legend, City of God

Jaime Camil, Actor


Jaime Camil attends Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards Gala on February 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images for National Hispanic Media Coalition

Coco, Pulling Strings

Ricardo Darín, Actor

‘Wild Tales.’ Courtesy of Warner Bros

Wild Tales, The Secret in Their Eyes

Eugenio Derbez, Actor

Eugenio Derbez attends premiere of “How To Be A Latin Lover” on April 26, 2017. Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Pantelion Films

Overboard, How to Be a Latin Lover

Melonie Diaz, Actress

Melonie Diaz attends Tribeca TV: Pilot Season “Lost and Found” during Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2017. Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival

Fruitvale Station, Be Kind Rewind

Paulina García, Actress

‘Little Men.’ Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

The Desert Bride, Gloria

George Lopez, Actor

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Natural Resources Defense Council.

Rio, Real Women Have Curves

Pedro Pascal, Actor

Pedro Pascal attends premiere of Netflix’s Narcos’ Season 2 on August 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Adjustment Bureau

Gina Rodriguez, Actress

Annihilation, Deepwater Horizon

Daniela Vega, Actress

Actress Daniela Vega attends the award winners press conference during the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images

A Fantastic Woman,  The Guest

Some Other Notable Invitees

Damián Alcázar, Actor

Diana Bracho, Actress

Elpidia Carrillo, Actress

Rosanna DeSoto, Actress

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Actor

Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Actor

Blanca Guerra, Actress

Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, Actress

Mía Maestro, Actor

John Ortiz, Actor

María Rojo, Actress

Benjamin Echazarreta, Cinematographer

David Gallego, Cinematographer

Paula Huidobro, Cinematographer

Pedro Luque, Cinematographer

Alexis Zabé, Cinematographer

Gabriela Diaque, Costume Designer

Mariestela Fernández, Costume Designer

Lala Huete, Costume Designer

Graciela Mazón, Costume Designer

Cecilia Montiel, Production Designer

Maite Alberdi, Documentary Filmmaker

Petra Costa, Documentary Filmmaker

Paco de Onis, Documentary Filmmaker

Sara Dosa, Documentary Filmmaker

Everardo González, Documentary Filmmaker

Carla Gutierrez, Documentary Filmmaker

Tatiana Huezo, Documentary Filmmaker

Gema Juarez Allen, Documentary Filmmaker

Pedro Pimenta, Documentary Filmmaker

Bernardo Ruiz, Documentary Filmmaker

Juan Carlos Rulfo, Documentary Filmmaker

Helena Solberg, Documentary Filmmaker

Maria Augusta Ramos, Documentary Filmmaker

Andrea Chignoli, Editor

Felipe Lacerda, Editor

Soledad Salfate, Editor

Elsa Reyes, Producer

Vânia Catani, Producer

Lisa Cortés, Producer

Elsa Reyes, Producer

Bárbara Muschietti, Producer

Sofia Carrillo, Short Film Director

Cesar Velazquez, Animator

Carlos Fernandez Puertolas, Animator

Ruben Perez, Animator

Mauro Mueller, Short Film Filmmaker

Antonio Diego, Sound Mixer

Ruy Garcia, Film Score Composer

Carlinhos Brown, Music

Osvaldo Golijov, Music

Emilio Kauderer, Music

Charlie Iturriaga, Visual Effects Supervisor

Nelson Sepulveda, Visual Effects

Fabian Castro, PR

Melissa Martinez, PR

Vicky Eguia, PR

Sabina Berman, Writer

Guillermo Calderón, Writer

Laura Esquivel, Writer

Gonzalo Maza, Writer

Gibran Portela, Writer

Alicia Scherson, Writer

Fernando Solanas, Writer

Leon Ichaso, Director

Andrés Muschietti, Director