Makoto Shinkai, Mamoru Hosoda, Sunao Katabuchi Invited to Join Oscars' Academy
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of membership invitations on Monday. The list includes 928 invitations, the largest number of invitations in the Academy's history (the Academy also had a record number of invitations last year with 774 invitations). The invitations are part of a series of new membership rules to promote diversity in the Academy's ranks, after 2016's nominations led to a backlash against the perceived lack of diversity among nominees. The Academy initiated the changes in January 2016, with the intent to radically diversify its membership by the year 2020.
The Academy extended invitations to the following people involved with Japanese content:
- Director Atsuko Hirayanagi ("Oh Lucy!")
- Director Mamoru Hosoda (The Boy and The Beast, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars)
- Director Sunao Katabuchi (In This Corner of the World, Mai Mai Miracle)
- Director Ru Kuwahata ("Negative Space," "Something Left, Something Taken")
- Director Makoto Shinkai (your name., Children Who Chase Lost Voices, 5 Centimeters Per Second)
- Director Sion Sono (Tokyo Vampire Hotel, The Whispering Star, Suicide Club, Tokyo Tribe)
- Actor Takeshi Kaneshiro (Red Cliff, House of Flying Daggers)
- Actor Issei Ogata (Silence, Yi Yi)
- Composer Yoko Kanno (Our Little Sister/Umimachi Diary, Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop)
- Designer Keiko Mitsumatsu (Our Little Sister/Umimachi Diary, Nobody Knows)
The Academy has invited Hayao Miyazaki at least four previous times, and it also invited Studio Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki in 2014. Miyazaki's Spirited Away film won an Oscar in 2003, and he personally came to Los Angeles to accept his Honorary Academy Award in 2014.
Composer Joe Hisaishi (Spirited Away, Departures), a frequent collaborator on Miyazaki's films, was invited in 2013. Kunio Katō was invited in 2009 after becoming only the second Japanese animator to win an Oscar with his "La Maison en Petits Cubes" ("Tsumiki no Ie" or House of Blocks) short.
Thanks to Daniel Zelter and Ian Whitcombe for the news tips.