Academy Invites Diverse Group to Be Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, responding to criticism that its membership lacks diversity, announced June 29 that it is extending invitations to join the organization to 683 artists and executives — 41 percent of them people of color and 46 percent women — who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to cinema.


Tatsuya Nakadai

Tatsuya Nakadai


Invitees include Hollywood veteran James Hong, whose acting credits go back more than 60 years; legendary Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai; up-and-coming Japanese American directors Cary Joji Fukunaga and Karyn Kusama; noted Japanese directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Koreeda and Takeshi Kitano; playwright/screenwriter David Henry Hwang; animators Yoshiaki Nishimura and Hiromasa Yonebayashi; and documentary filmmakers Emiko Omori and Spencer Nakasako.


Cary Joji Fukunaga