The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is looking to expand its membership further this year, with a record 928 invitations going out to a wide variety of potential new members. In an effort to continue diversifying membership within the Academy, the invitees hail from a total of 59 countries, and there are many well-known anime and Japanese film creators among them.
Some of the most notable creators invited include:
Actor Issei Ogata (Yi Yi)
Actor Takeshi Kaneshiro (Red Cliff, Returner)
Composer Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus)
Designer Keiko Mitsumatsu (Nobody Knows)
Director Atsuko Hirayanagi ("Oh Lucy!")
Director Makoto Shinkai (your name., 5 Centimeters per Second)
Director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Boy and the Beast)
Director Ru Kuwahata ("Negative Space")
Director Sunao Kutabuchi (In This Corner of the World)
Director Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Love Exposure)
You can see the full list of people invited along with more on the ongoing diversity initiative on the Academy's website.