Ditsi Carolino, Baby Ruth Villarama invited to be part of U.S. Academy
MANILA, Philippines —Documentarists and filmmakers Ditsi Carolino and Baby Ruth Villarama have been invited to be part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' list of members.
The Academy, which votes on the winners of the Oscars, released the 842 new names they've invited to be part of the organization. Aside from the two Filipino filmmakers, the list includes Lady Gaga, Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu, actress Gemma Chan, and Spider-Man star Tom Holland.
On Facebook, Villarama, known for her projects such as Sunday Beauty Queen and Jazz in Love, said she never thought someone like her would even get such an invite.
"I guess life can really take this young dreamer from Baliuag by surprise. To changing the narrative how the world sees us and how we see ourselves within, it is my honour to raise our three stars and sun; our white, yellow, blue and red to be with the world's finest in ushering the best documentary films from Asia and the world."
"Thank you to The Academy for bringing in some Pinoy power to the Oscars party and salamat Ramona Diaz for being a champion. Let's rock this guys! "
Carolino is best known for her documentaries such as Bunso, Hindered Land, and Minsan Lang Sila Bata.
Villarama and Carolino are the latest Filipino filmmakers to be invited. In 2017, film directors Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz were invited to join the Academy. —Rappler.com