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:
Adam Beach (Saulteaux of Dog Creek First Nation)
Cliff Curtis (Te Arawa, Ngāti Hauiti)
Heather Rae (Cherokee)
Taika Waititi (Te Whanau A Apanui)