NHFA and AMPAS Announce New Latino Academy Members

We received the following release from The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) today:

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June 28, 2013, Washington, D.C. The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), co-founded by Academy members Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga and Esai Morales, is pleased to announce that our partnership with the Association of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has resulted in the admission of several prominent Latinos who are well known both in front of and behind the camera, including:

Actors
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”

Cinematographers
Checco Varese – “Girl in Progress,” “The Aura”

Costume Designers
Paco Delgado – “Les Misérables,” “Biutiful”

Directors
Pablo Larraín – “No,” “Tony Manero”

Documentary
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)”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Luisa Abel – “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception”
Kim Santantonio – “Gangster Squad,” “Frost/Nixon”

Members-at-Large
Victoria Alonso
Mindy Marin

Music
Cliff Martinez – “Drive,” “Traffic”

Sound
Jose Antonio Garcia – “Argo,” “Babel”
Edward J. Hernandez – “Real Steel,” “Basic Instinct”

“Doors that were once shut to Latinos are opening due in large part to the collaborative partnerships NHFA has established” said Felix Sanchez, NHFA Chairman and co-founder, “it is our hope that these new memberships will enrich the Oscar nomination and award process.”

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