The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has spent the last two years fighting the assertion that it only cares about white people. Finally, this year, the Academy is taking steps to change the culture of the media company and awards ceremony by inducting the most diverse class in its history. Out of the 683 new Academy members, there are more than 50 Latinos and Latinas ready to make some change. ¡Orale! (or ¡Wepa!, whichever you prefer).
Earlier this year, the Oscars were once again called out for their lack of diversity.
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Remember that #OscarsSoWhite hashtag that took over social media?
And the celebs took no time in tweeting, Instagramming and shouting their outrage. Gina Rodriguez weighed in:
Movement Monday's. This is Oscar Isaac. He is a Guatemalan American actor. This is a picture from Ex Machina directed by Alex Garland and was released this past year. With all this Oscar Talk and lack of diversity I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen. There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv show soar to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos In blockbuster films, as leads in tv shows Etc. My solution is this, support is needed. Right now there isn't one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don't believe we can make their money back. I am told time and time again "Latinos dont watch Latino Movies. Latinos don't support each other" and sadly that is true. I'm not saying go and see a movie you don't like to blind support, im saying if you want to see us represented on film and tv, if you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another. The industry sees money, the excuse can't just be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community. Oscar Isaac, in my opinion had an Oscar worthy performance in this film. Let's start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars. Go support these films, watch these shows (mine is on tonight by the way, shameless promotion feel free to watch on the CW) and we can take making a change into our own hands. Each Monday I will highlight a latino artist we can support. Let us use our numbers and powerful voices to prove we support one another, to prove we can make a box office hit, to prove they need to support all the various Latino cultures in the media. That can be one part of the solution, so next year we have many movies that are worthy of Oscar contention! #MovementMondays Pick any Latino currently working we can support!
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Rodriguez started #MovementMondays on social media to shine a light on Latinos who she felt weren’t being given their due. That was probably because most people in the Academy were white males, but who can really be sure?
So the Academy is doing something about it. It has invited 683 new members, which include lots of women and people of color. To be specific, 46 percent of the new members are female and 41 percent of the new members are people of color. ?
Meet the Academy's Class of 2016: https://t.co/1ugUsq4jtv
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) June 29, 2016
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Some of the invitees include America Ferrera.
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) June 29, 2016
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You might recognize her from a little Disney Original movie called “Gotta Kick It Up!” and her portrayal of Helen Chávez in the Cesar Chávez biopic.
Jorge R. Gutierrez, Animator/Director
A childhood dream for a chubby little Mexican boy just came true 🙂 Meet The Academy’s Class of 2016 https://t.co/y9o296otS1
— Jorge R. Gutierrez (@mexopolis) June 29, 2016
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“Book of Life.” ‘Nuff said.
Jacob Vargas, Actor
— Jacob Vargas (@TheJacobVargas) June 29, 2016
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Not only was he too in the Cesar Chávez biopic, but Vargas really honed it in for his role in “The 33.”
Luis Guzmán, Actor
It's wepaaaaaa time! https://t.co/KwZ7ZJwHxR
— Luis Guzman (@IamLuisGuzman) June 30, 2016
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Pretty sure this dude doesn’t need much of an introduction.
Daphne Zuniga, Actor
— Daphne Zuniga (@DaphneZuniga) June 30, 2016
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She has been the driving force for shows like “Spaceballs” and “One Tree Hill.”
Michelle Rodriguez, Actor
Ooh cool some sort of affirmative action got me into the cool kids club. I vow not to vote by race, gender, or political affiliation, my votes will come from artistic expression, beauty, strength & impactful storytelling. Thanks @theacademy for giving me a little voice in this film industry legitimizer machine hehehhe he love you mean it ???
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Good to know there is someone willing to vote just based on talent.
And here is a list of the rest:
Gabriel Gutiérrez, Sound
Fernando Velásquez, Composer
Raúl Antonio Dávalos, Editor
Walter Rippell, Casting Director
Carlos Reygadas, Writer
Enrique Castillo, Actor
Ignacio López Tarso, Actor
Silvia Pinal, Actor
Sal Lopez, Actor
Pepe Serna, Actor
Sara Bilbatua, Casting Director
Lucrecia Martel, Director
Carmen Cuba, Casting Director
Rodrigo Teixeira, Producer
Julie Carmen, Actor
Manuel Teil, Casting Director
Laura Amelia Guzmán, Director
Bárbara Alvarez, Cinematographer
Lula Carvalho, Cinematographer
Enrique Chediak, Cinematographer
Félix Monti, Cinematographer
Pilar Revuelta, Designer
Israel Cárdenas, Director
Juan Antonio Garcia Bayona, Director
Maria Novaro, Director
Affonso Gonçalves, Editor
Pedro Kos, Documentarian/Editor
Sebastián Lelio, Writer
Bernat Vilaplana, Editor
Patricia Riggen, Director
Beatrice De Alba, Make Up Artist
Sonia Grande, Costume Designer
Anna Muylaert, Director
Antonio Pinto, Composer
Belén Atienza, Producer
Fernando Bovaira, Producer
Esther García Rodríguez, Producer
Marisa Paredes, Actor
Renato Dos Anjos, Animator
Pato Escala, Animator
Luis Valdez, Director
Gabriel Osorio, Animator
Pablo Valle, Animator
Roberto Fernandez, Sound
Vera Blasi, Writer
Oscar Isaac, Actor
Eva Mendes, Actor
Jorge Perugorría, Actor
Cecilia Roth , Actor
Tessa Thompson, Actor
Israel Cárdenas, Director
Laura Amelia Guzmán, Director
Lucía Puenzo, Director