Back on June 25, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) sent out a record-breaking 928 invites to experts in the film and arts field including actors, actresses, directors, scriptwriters, and more.
In a vow to create more diversity for film nominees at this year's 'Oscar Awards', the AMPAS will be increasing its membership to over 9,000. Among the invitees, representatives from Korea included actors Ha Jung Woo and Jo Jin Woong, actresses Bae Doo Na and Kim Min Hee, as well as film directors Hong Sang Soo, Lee Chang Dong, and Park Jung Hoon. Individuals in field such as art direction, music direction, producers, costume direction, and more were also invited.
Previously, Korean film figures who joined the AMPAS included directors Lim Kwon Taek, Bong Jun Ho, Kim Ki Duk, as well as actors Choi Min Sik, Song Kang Ho, and Lee Byung Hun.