The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 397 film industry figures to join its ranks as part of the class of 2022. Seventeen per cent of those people have been invited to the Short Films & Feature Animation and Visual Effects branches of the Academy.
According to the Academy, membership selection is based on professional qualifications with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion, and equity remaining a priority. The 2022 class is composed of 44% women, 37% belong to underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 50% are from 53 countries and territories outside the United States.
But one group that’s conspicuously absent from the invitees to this year’s animation branch: Asian filmmakers and animation artists.