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Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz join Academy Class of 2017

Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz join Academy Class of 2017

Internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmakers Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz are among the 774 new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Hailing from 57 countries, the new members bring the organization’s Class of 2017 to a total of approximately 8,500 members.

This is part of the move of the AMPAS to promote diversity among its members. Currently, 13 percent of the members are people of color (POC), an increase from 11 percent in 2016 and 8 percent in 2015.

“We are not looking to increase membership,” outgoing AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement obtained by Deadline. “The goal is instead to increase a diverse membership that represents us around the world.”

There are more than 20 Asians among the new AMPAS members, including Gal Gadot, B.D. Wong, Donnie Yen, Ming-Na Wen, Fan Bingbing, Johnnie To, Tony Leung, Peter Ho-sun Chan, Ann Hui, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Maggie Cheung, Aamir Khan, Irrfan Khan, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone and Tran Anh Hung. Mendoza and Diaz are the only new members from the Philippines.

Since 1953, the Philippines has been submitting an entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but has yet to receive a nomination. Both Mendoza and Diaz have one film submitted as an entry.

In 2014, Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” (Norte, the End of History) was submitted as the Philippine entry to the 87th Academy Awards. The film starred Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Angelina Kanapo, Soliman Cruz, Mae Paner and Hazel Orencio.

In 2016, the Philippines submitted Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” to the 89th Academy Awards. The film starred Jaclyn Jose along with Julio Diaz, Felix Roco, Andi Eigenman, Jomari Angeles, Baron Geisler, Neil Ryan Sese, Mercedes Cabral, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Mon Confiado, Maria Isabel Lopez and Vince Rillon.

Both “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and “Ma’ Rosa” were featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Diaz’s film was screened at the Un Certain Regard section in 2013 while Mendoza’s film made Jose the first Southeast Asian recipient of the Best Actress award from the prestigious annual film festival in Cannes, France in 2016.

Check the full list of the Academy Class of 2017 members here.

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