The Original BJ wrote:The outreach to the international film community seems increasingly promising.
So happy Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz were invited. I know there are Filipino-American Academy members but I'm not sure if there are actual Filipino Academy members in the past. (Although I did hear Eddie Romero might have been a member).
Has Viggo Mortensen been invited before and just rejected membership? It's strange to think that he wouldn't have been invited after the run of Lord of the Rings/History of Violence/Eastern Promises.
Yes, he has turned down membership in the past. He has been quoted as saying he didn't like to judge art. Don't know if he still feels that way now.
Rinko Kikuchi strikes me as another actor who might have been invited after her nomination a decade ago, though she's far less prominent. (It's probably understandable that the other performer nominated years ago, Hailee Steinfeld, was forced to wait simply due to age.)
I don't think it's due to age. Dakota Fanning was invited at the age of 12. Haley Joel Osment and Keisha Castle-Hughes became members after their respective nominations. In the meantime, nominee Abigail Breslin hasn't gotten an invite yet.
FYI: I'm surprised Franco Nero wasn't already a member. He's been around forever.