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Oscars vote for diversity: 5 Natives Invited To Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars Diversity: 5 Natives Invited To Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Vincent Schilling

According to an announcement by Sundance, five of the institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program alumni have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

This is a positive change for Oscars diversity as the Native artists become a part of the nominating and voting body of the Oscars, each within their own branches and on larger voting sections for the awards.

The five artists and program alumni - as well as a few of their production credits - are listed on the Sundance Institute website:

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur D'alene)

Sherman Alexie - Courtesy

Smoke Signals (1998); The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

Adam Beach (Saulteaux of Dog Creek First Nation)

Adam Beach - Photo: Thosh Collins

Smoke Signals (1998) Suicide Squad (2016).

Cliff Curtis (Te Arawa, Ngāti Hauiti)

Cliff Curtis - Photo Peter Meecham

Tama Tu (2005), Eagle vs Shark (2007), Boy (2010) AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead (2015).

Heather Rae (Cherokee)

Heather Rae - Imdb Photo

Trudell (2005); Frozen River (2008); The Dry Land (2010); Mosquita y Mari (2012); Tallulah (2016)

Taika Waititi (Te Whanau A Apanui)

Taika Waititi - Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Photos

Two Cars, One Night (2004); Tama Tu (2005); Eagle vs Shark(2007); Boy (2010); What We Do In The Shadows (2014); Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Thor Ragnarok (2017)

The announcement was made by Sundance on Wednesday.


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Submitted by turbojesus on
Yeah native is pretty loosely thrown around term. I think it should be specifically used for people that share the narrative history, consanguinity, and locality of the actual tribes of this continent. Yeah people decry these things when determining if someone is really native or not, but now all of sudden they're scrambling to make everybody considered a native to artificially inflate their numbers.