The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended invitations to 22 Hispanics to join its organization, the film industry's most prominent movie-related organization.
"These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," Hawk Koch, the Academy's president, 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."
Thanks to a meeting last year with the National Latino Media Council (NLMC), Hispanics will be better represented at the Academy. The NLMC's mission is to increased Latino employment in the media industry.
Following Lupe Ontiveros' exclusion from the Oscars' 'In Memoriam' segment of the broadcast, members of NLMC, including retired U.S. Rep. Esteban Torres, met with representatives of the Academy to discuss ways to increase Hispanic representation.
Currently, the Academy has more than 6,000 members of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema, according to its website.
Actress Alma Martinez, who was among the 22 Hispanic invitees, said she was "elated" about the invitation.
"I can't remember a time in our recent history where there has been so much Latino political activism occurring simultaneously across so many fields and across the country," she added.
Hispanics included on the list of invites are:
Miriam Colon - "City of Hope," "Scarface"
Rosario Dawson - "Rent," "Frank Miller's Sin City"
Jennifer Lopez - "What to Expect When You're Expecting," "Selena"
Alma Martinez - "Born in East L.A.," "Under Fire"
Michael Peña - "End of Watch," "Crash"
Geno Silva - "Mulholland Drive," "Amistad"
Danny Trejo - "Machete," "Heat"
Checco Varese - "Girl in Progress," "The Aura"
Paco Delgado - "Les Misérables," "Biutiful"
Pablo Larraín - "No," "Tony Manero"
Rebecca Cammisa - "God Is the Bigger Elvis," "Which Way Home"
Eduardo Coutinho - "As Canções," "Cabra Marcado Para Morrer (Twenty Years Later)"
Patricio Guzmán - "Nostalgia for the Light," "The Battle of Chile"
José Padilha - "Secrets of the Tribe," "Bus 174 (Ônibus 174)"
Renee Tajima-Pena - "Who Killed Vincent Chin?," "My America (Or Honk If You Love Buddha)"
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Luisa Abel - "The Dark Knight Rises," "Inception"
Kim Santantonio - "Gangster Squad," "Frost/Nixon"
Cliff Martinez - "Drive," "Traffic"
Jose Antonio Garcia - "Argo," "Babel"
Edward J. Hernandez - "Real Steel," "Basic Instinct"
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