Two Cuban women among the new members of the Hollywood Academy

With the intention of diversifying the electorate of the Oscar Awards, the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its 819 new members , including two Cubans.

After receiving numerous criticisms for the lack of representation of women and African-Americans at the awards, the Academy has been developing a new strategy to achieve greater diversity among the professionals who vote in the contest.

In this new selection – which takes place every year – Cuba is represented by actress Ana de Armas and casting director Libia Batista.

Ana de Armas is currently one of the best known faces in Hollywood. In recent years, he has participated in industry productions such as Blade Runner 2049 , Knives Out , Wasp Network, and 007: No Time to Die . She will soon be seen in Blonde , the new film about Marilyn Monroe, and Deep Water , where she works with her current partner, Ben Affleck .

Libia Batista, meanwhile, is a casting director of international renown. Since 1994 she has been working with ICAIC, both in Cuban and foreign productions. Some of the most famous titles in which he has collaborated are Strawberry and Chocolate , Juan de los Muertos, Fátima or El Parque de la Fraternidad , Papa Hemingway in Cuba and Un Traductor.

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