Hungarian cinematographer Marcell Rév and animation film director Réka Bucsi are among the new class of 2021 of film experts who are invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) which is recruiting 395 film professionals this year, far fewer than usual.
Marcell Rév, the cinematographer of White God, Jupiter’s Moon and Euphoria, the Sándor Sára Award-winner cinematographer of Malcolm & Marie was invited to join the cinematographer’s section, while Réka Bucsi, whose multi-award-winning Symphony No. 42 was shortlisted for the Academy Awards, was invited to the short film and animation section.
AMPAS, which also awards the Oscars, announced earlier this year that it would halve the number of new members from its usual 800-900 per year, as the previous 10 per cent annual increase in membership had stretched its resources.
According to a statement from the Film Academy, 46 per cent of the 395 film professionals invited this year are women, 39 per cent belong to an underrepresented ethnic or racial minority, and 53 per cent come from the international film scene, representing 49 countries. The new members include 89 Oscar nominees, 25 of whom have won the award.