Takashi Miike, the prolific filmmaker of infamously transgressive Ichi the Killer and Audition, plus adaptations of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Blade of the Immortal, TerraFormars, and Ace Attorney, has been invited to the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Oscar award selection fame. Actor Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Sky Crawlers) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Life, Twilight Samurai) also got the nod.
Maybe diminishing the honor a bit is the size of the class of invitees. It was 774 (including 30 multi-category overlaps), the largest number ever and up from last year's 683. This will bring the size of the academy up to around 8,500.
The additions will bring more diversity to the award selection organization.
The invitees come from 57 countries, the organization says in unveiling its list, with the list comprising 39% female and 30% people of color (poc), both numbers increasing overall totals in those categories which has been a focus of AMPAS over the past couple of years. AMPAS now boasts overall female membership to 28% and poc to 13%, both marking incremental increases year to year on the Academy’s stated journey to doubling those areas by 2020.
In the anime realm, Hayao Miyazaki was invited in 2006 (he rejected it), then again in 2014 (when only 271 were getting invites). Ghibli co-founder, producer and former president Toshio Suzuki also got a 2014 invitation.