The Academy of Motion Pictures has recognized the need for more input from the Latino community.
Fox News Latino reported that in response to the complaints that emerged resulting from the small number of Hispanics on the Academy of Motion Pictures’ board, the Academy has sent out 22 invitations for Hispanic performers and executives to join.
Latino celebrities will now have a say in selecting the best that Hollywood has to offer for nominations of future Academy Awards.
“This has been a transformational year for Latinos and cultural institutions in the U.S.,” National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts chairman Felix Sanchez said. “I believe Dawn Hudson, AMPAS CEO, and her team are committed to an inclusive membership body and took these steps to bring modernity to their institution.”
Actors Jennifer Lopez, Rosario Dawson, Michael Peña and Danny Trejo, as well as musician Cliff Martinez and director Pablo Larraín received an invitation.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” Academy president Hawk Koch said in a statement. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the academy.”
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