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

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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.


America Ferrera, Actress

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005), Cesar Chavez (2014)


Luis Guzmán, Actor

Boogie Nights (1997), The Last Stand (2013)


Oscar Isaac, Actor

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Ex Machina (2015)


Eva Mendes, Actress

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)


Jorge Perugorría, Actor

Strawberry and Chocolate (1993), Che (2008)


Michelle Rodriguez, Actress

Girlfight (2000), Avatar (2009)


Cecilia Roth, Actress

All About My Mother (1999), Lucía, Lucía (2003)


Jacob Vargas, Actor

Jarhead (2005), The 33 (2015)


Tessa Thompson, Actress

Dear White People (2014), Creed (2015)


Israel Cárdenas, Director

Carmita (2013), Sand Dollars (2014)


Ciro Guerra, Director/Writer

The Wind Journeys (2009), Embrace of the Serpent (2015)


Laura Amelia Guzmán, Director

Carmita (2013), Sand Dollars (2014)


Lucrecia Martel, Director

Lucrecia Martels attends MIU MIU presents Lucrecia Martel’s “Muta” on July 19, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment

La Ciénaga (2001), The Headless Woman (2008)


Anna Muylaert, Director

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (2009), The Second Mother (2015)


Lucía Puenzo, Director

The Fish Child (2009), The German Doctor (2013)


Patricia Riggen, Director

The 33 (2015), Miracles from Heaven (2016)


Luis Valdez, Director

Zoot Suit (1981), La Bamba (1987)


Jorge R. Gutierrez, Animator/Director

El Macho (2001), The Book of Life (2014)


Sebastián Lelio, Writer

La sagrada familia (2005), Gloria (2013)


Carlos Reygadas, Writer

Silent Light (2007), Post Tenebras Lux (2012)


Some Other Notable Invitees

Julie Carmen, Actress

Enrique Castillo, Actor

Sal Lopez, Actor

Ignacio López Tarso, Actor

Marisa Paredes, Actress

Silvia Pinal, Actress

Pepe Serna, Actor

Daphne Zuniga, Actress

Sara Bilbatua, Casting Director

Carmen Cuba, Casting Director

Walter Rippell, Casting Director

Manuel Teil, Casting Director

Bárbara Alvarez, Cinematographer

Lula Carvalho, Cinematographer

Enrique Chediak, Cinematographer

Félix Monti, Cinematographer

Sonia Grande, Costume Designer

Pilar Revuelta, Designer

Israel Cárdenas, Director

Juan Antonio Garcia Bayona, Director

Laura Amelia Guzmán, Director

Maria Novaro, Director

Raúl Antonio Dávalos, Editor

Affonso Gonçalves, Editor

Pedro Kos, Documentarian/Editor

Bernat Vilaplana, Editor

Beatrice De Alba, Make Up Artist

Antonio Pinto, Composer

Fernando Velásquez, Composer

Belén Atienza, Producer

Fernando Bovaira, Producer

Esther García Rodríguez, Producer

Rodrigo Teixeira, Producer

Renato Dos Anjos, Animator

Pato Escala, Animator

Gabriel Osorio, Animator

Pablo Valle, Animator

Roberto Fernandez, Sound

Gabriel Gutiérrez, Sound

Vera Blasi, Writer