The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 683 new members to the Academy today, boasting 283 new international members from 59 new countries following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy earlier this year.
Filmmakers from the Latin American region include Best Foreign Language nominee Ciro Guerra of Embrace the Serpent from Colombia, Mexican director Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light, Post Tenebras Lux), Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán of the Dominican romantic-drama starring Geraldine Chaplin Sand Dollars, Lucrecia Martel from Argentina (La Ciénaga, The Headless Woman), and Brazil-favorite Anna Muylaert of The Second Mother.
Three Latino cinematographers are joining the class of 2016; Bárbara Alvarez of The Second Mother and Whisky, Sergio Armstrong of No and The Maid and Félix Monti of Our Last Tango and The Secret in Their Eyes.
This year’s animated short film winners Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala of the Chilean Bear Story as well as Alê Abreu of The Boy and the World— the first ever Latin American film to nab a nomination as Best Animated Film, join the list.
In the world of documentary film editor and Rio de Janeiro-native Pedro Kos joins the Academy. He collaborated on the Oscar-nominated doc Wasteland which follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he produces portraits of the workers of Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill.
Latino actors in this year’s class include America Ferrera, Oscar Isaac, Eva Mendes, Jorge Perrugoría, and Cecilia Roth. Other notable names include Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán and Luis Buñuel-favorite Mexican actress Silvia Pinal, as well as Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, Argentine director Lucía Puenzo, and Mexican director Patricia Riggen.
See the full list here.