In response to the outrage that greeted the second year in a row of #OscarSoWhite controversy, Academy President Cheryl Boone Issacs was swift to make changes to the membership of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. “The academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” she said in a statement where she outlined that the goal of the organization would be to double the number of women and minority members by 2020.
With the recently released list of those industry people (683 to be exact!) who just got invited to join the academy, it looks like AMPAS may be moving in the right direction. Showcasing the great Latin American talent that’s been front and center in recent Oscar ceremonies (see, among others: Chivo’s record-breaking win last year) it’s refreshing to see that more than 50 Latinos have been invited to join in the group’s 17 different branches where they’ll have the chance to vote on those much coveted golden men. From the casting director who gave us the hotties behind Magic Mike (Carmen Cuba) and the recent directors who nabbed Chile its first Oscar last year for their animated short, Bear Story (Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala) to the Brazilian film editor responsible for last year’s Carol (Affonso Gonçalves) and Mexican director of Danzón (Maria Novaro), those singled out showcase the best of what Latin American cinema has to offer.
To celebrate this wonderful list we’ve highlighted 20 people we’re thrilled have been asked to join one of the most esteemed film organizations in the world. But don’t worry, scroll all the way down to see a complete list of Latinos and Spaniards that made the cut this year.