Academy Invites New Members, Including Ricardo Darín, Alice Braga, Paulina García, and Damián Alcázar

 Ricardo Darín, Alice Braga, Paulina García, and Damián Alcázar

Ricardo Darín, Alice Braga, Paulina García, and Damián Alcázar

In an move to continue its diversity efforts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record-breaking number of 928 new members from 59 countries, including several Latin American film professionals from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay.

The Academy is inviting Mexican actors Damián Alcázar, Diana Bracho, Jaime Camil, Elpidia Carrillo, Eugenio Derbez, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Blanca Guerra, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, and María Rojo, Brazilian actress Alice Braga, Argentine actors Ricardo Darín and Mía Maestro, Chilean actresses Paulina García and Daniela Vega, as well as U.S. Latino actors Rosana Desoto, Melonie Diaz, Pedro Pascal, John Ortiz, and Gina Rodriguez.

The list of Latin American filmmakers include Maite Alberdi and Alicia Scherson from Chile, Andy Muschietti and Fernando E. Solanas from Argentina, Petra Costa, Helena Solberg and Maria Augusta Ramos from Brazil, as well as Mexican documentarians Everardo González, Tatiana Huezo Juan Carlos Rulfo, and Cuban-born León Ichaso.

The documentary branch of the Academy has invited editor Carla Gutiérrez, filmmakers Francisco Bellos, Paco De Onís and Bernardo Ruiz, and Argentine producer Gema Juarez Allen. The list of invitees also includes  cinematographers Alexis Zabé and Paula Huidobro from Mexico, Pedro Luque from Uruguay, David Gallego from Colombia. and French-Chilean Benjamín Echazarretta.

Other Latino film professionals invited as Academy members include costume designers Gabriela Diaque, Mariestela Fernández, Lala Huete, and Graciela Mazón; designer Cecilia Montiel; editors Andrea Chignoli, Felipe Lacerda and Soledad Salfate; musicians Carlinhos Brown, Osvaldo Golijov and Emilio Kauderer; producers Vânia Catani, Lisa Cortés, Elsa Reyes and Bárbara Muschietti; screenwriters Gonzalo Maza, Gibrán Portela, Laura Esquivel, Guillermo Calderón, and Sabina Berman; PRs Fabian Castro, Melissa Martinez and Vicky Eguia; sound designers Ruy Garcia and Antonio Diego.

The short film and feature animation branch of the Academy has also extended invitations to Cesar Velazquez, Gini Cruz Santos, Carlos Fernandez Puertolas, Ruben Perez, Sergio Pablos, Mauro Mueller, and Sofia Carrillo.