The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which hands out the Oscar Awards every year, is “walking the talk” when it comes to diversifying their membership roster. Among the diverse invitees this year are several big Filipino talents in Hollywood, including Oscar-nominated Pinoy animators.
50 percent of the invitees this year are women, and 29 percent are people of color, a product of the Academy’s initiative for more representation.
In recent years, the 92-year-old Academy has significantly welcomed new voting members even from overseas, and now has 8,733 representing 59 countries. It has almost doubled its number of members compared to 2012.