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

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Last year, president Cheryl Boone Isaacs made strides to make the Academy of Motion Pictures of America a more inclusive organization. In a released statement, she pledged to make sure its membership could better reflect the world at large. And a few months later she made good on her word. The Academy invited more than 600 new members including actors America Ferrera, Oscar Isaac, and Michelle Rodriguez, as well as filmmakers like Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent) and Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman). Many think that infusion of new blood into the esteemed institution no doubt led to the surprise win of Moonlight over La La Land earlier this year.

But if you thought last year’s list was a step in the right direction, just you wait until you get a look at this year’s. The Academy has just invited a record 774 new members in its various branches. Committed to diversifying its ranks, these invited members hail from 57 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Venezuela. And when you break down the numbers, you see that of those in the list 39 percent are female and 30 percent are people of color. Those numbers alone help explain how, since 2015, the Academy has seen a 359% increase in female invitees and 331% increase in people of color invited to join. In fact, seven of the branches invited more women than men this year. Now those are some statistics we can get behind.

To celebrate this year’s invitees, we’ve compiled a list of 15 people we’re thrilled have been asked to join the most prominent and longstanding movie industry institutions in the world. From a certain Moana songwriter who likes to pose inappropriately with Oscar statues and an actor soon to be seen as Gianni Versace on the small screen to Cannes favorite directors and up-and-coming Mexican cinematographers, take a look at who’ll help decide Oscar races for decades to come.

[h/t: The Hollywood Reporter]

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Music

Creative Commons “Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton” by Steve Jurvetson is licensed under CC BY 2.0, Link

Moana, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Édgar Ramírez, Actor

Photo by Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Carlos, The Girl on the Train, Joy, Hands of Stone

Noel Gugliemi, Actor

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment

Lowriders, The Fast and the Furious

Rodrigo Santoro, Actor

Photo by Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABrAgência Brasil, CC BY 3.0 br, Link

300, Love Actually

Mauricio Zacharias, Writer

Mauricio Zacharias. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment for Sundance Film Festival

Little Men, Love Is Strange

Paz Alicia Garciadiego, Writer

Creative Commons “Carta blanca a la guionista Paz Alicia Garciadiego” by Casa de America is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Bleak Street, Deep Crimson

Patricia Cardoso, Director

Real Women Have Curves, The Water Carrier

Pablo Trapero, Director

By FIC VIÑAEncuentro con Pablo Trapero, Director de Cine Argentino., CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

The Clan, Lion’s Den

Amat Escalante, Director

Amat Escalante. Photo by Rocket K /

The Untamed, Heli

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Director

Alejandro Jodorowksky, Pardo d’onore Swisscom. Photo by Sailas Vanetti /

The Holy Mountain, El Topo

Kleber Mendonça Filho, Director

Kleber Mendonca Filho. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images Entertainment

Aquarius, Neighboring Sounds

Arturo Ripstein, Director

Arturo Ripstein President Jury of Concorso internazionale. Photo by Pablo Gianinazzi /

Deep Crimson, The Beginning and the End

Natalia Almada, Documentary

Creative Commons Photo “Visiting Filmmaker: Natalia Almada” by Wexner Center is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Night Watchman (El Velador), The General

Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Director

Nelson Pereira dos Santos. Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images Entertainment

How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman, Vidas Secas

Walter Carvalho, Cinematographer

By Rede Brasil Atual from São Paulo-SP, Brasil – Walter Carvalho, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Carandiru, Central Station

Some Other Notable Invitees

Nestor Serrano, Actor

Affonso Beato, Cinematographer

Ernesto Pardo, Cinematographer

Javier Ameijeiras, Designer

Adolfo Aristarain, Director

Héctor Olivera, Director

Juan Carlos Tabío, Director

Carlos Diegues, Director

Ricardo Acosta, Documentary

Heloisa Passos, Documentary

Juan Carlos Macías, Editor

Edesio Alejandro, Music

Pablo Cruz, Producer

Juan de Dios Larraín, Producer

Bertha Navarro, Producer

Carlos E. Cabral, Animation

David Pimentel, Animation

Ennio Torresan, Animation

Miriam Biderman, Sound

José Luis Díaz, Sound

Tony Martinez, Sound