Movie Academy Invites 178 To Membership

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April. Hetherington had been a 2010 nominee for his film “Restrepo,” but died prior to the Academy’s spring meetings to select new members. The Documentary Branch proposed that Hetherington’s name be included among the year’s invitees. The governors agreed.

The 2011 invitees are:

Russell Brand – “Arthur,” “Get Him to the Greek”
Gerard Butler – “The Ugly Truth,” “300”
Vincent Cassel – “Black Swan,” “Eastern Promises”
Robbie Coltrane – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Mona Lisa”
Bradley Cooper – “Limitless,” “The Hangover”
John Corbett – “Sex and the City 2,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
Rosemarie DeWitt – “The Company Men,” “Rachel Getting Married”
Peter Dinklage – “Find Me Guilty,” “The Station Agent”
David Duchovny – “Things We Lost in the Fire,” “The X-Files”
Jesse Eisenberg – “The Social Network,” “The Squid and the Whale”
Jennifer Garner – “Arthur,” “Juno”
John Hawkes – “Winter’s Bone,” “The Perfect Storm”
Thomas Jane – “The Mist,” “The Thin Red Line”
Nastassja Kinski – “An American Rhapsody,” “Tess”
Beyonce Knowles – “Dreamgirls,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
Mila Kunis – “Black Swan,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone,” “The Burning Plain”
Tea Leoni – “Ghost Town,” “Spanglish”
Anthony Mackie – “The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”
Lesley Manville – “Another Year,” “Topsy-Turvy”
Rooney Mara – “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Social Network”
Dominic Monaghan – “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Connie Nielsen – “Brothers,” “Gladiator”
Ellen Page – “Inception,” “Juno”
Wes Studi – “Avatar,” “The Last of the Mohicans”
Mia Wasikowska – “Jane Eyre,” “The Kids Are All Right”
Jacki Weaver – “Animal Kingdom,” “Cosi”

Geefwee Boedoe – “Let’s Pollute,” “Monsters, Inc.”
Alessandro Carloni – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Over the Hedge”
Sylvain Chomet – “The Illusionist,” “The Triplets of Belleville”
Jakob Hjort Jensen – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Flushed Away”
Biljana Labovic – “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” “Idiots and Angels”
Tomm Moore – “The Secret of Kells,” “Backwards Boy”
Teddy Newton – “Day & Night,” “Ratatouille”
Bob Peterson – “Up,” “Finding Nemo” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Javier Recio Gracia – “The Lady and the Reaper,” “The Missing Lynx”
Andrew Ruhemann – “The Lost Thing,” “City Paradise”
Kristof Serrand – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”
Shaun Tan – “The Lost Thing,” “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
Simon Wells – “Mars Needs Moms,” “The Prince of Egypt”

Art Directors
Anahid Nazarian – “The Virgin Suicides,” “The Godfather, Part III”
Lauren E. Polizzi – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

George Aguilar
Barry Bernardi
Christopher Dodd
Ted Gagliano
James L. Honore
Dawn Hudson
Beverly Pasterczyk
Randall Poster
Ric Robertson
David Schnuelle
Randy Spendlove
Beverly Joanna Wood

Casting Directors
Nina Gold – “The King’s Speech,” “Jane Eyre”
Jina Jay – “The Reader,” “Layer Cake”
Lora Kennedy – “The Town,” “Syriana”

Frank Byers – “Illegal Tender,” “Boxing Helena”
Patrick Cady – “Lottery Ticket,” “Broken Bridges”
Danny Cohen – “The King’s Speech,” “Pirate Radio”
Lukas Ettlin – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Middle Men”
Steven Fierberg – “Love & Other Drugs,” “Secretary”
Barry Markowitz – “Crazy Heart,” “Sling Blade”
Charles Minsky – “Valentine’s Day,” “Pretty Woman”
Lawrence Sher – “The Hangover,” “Garden State”
Eric Steelberg – “Up in the Air,” “(500) Days of Summer”

Costume Designers
Odile Dicks-Mireaux – “An Education,” “The Constant Gardener”
Sarah Edwards – “Salt,” “Michael Clayton”
Danny Glicker – “Up in the Air,” “Milk”

Gregg Araki – “Kaboom,” “Nowhere”
Susanne Bier – “In a Better World,” “After the Wedding”
Neil Burger – “Limitless,” “The Illusionist”
Lisa Cholodenko – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Debra Granik – “Winter’s Bone,” “Down to the Bone” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Tom Hooper – “The King’s Speech,” “The Damned United”
John Cameron Mitchell – “Rabbit Hole,” “Shortbus”
Yojiro Takita – “Departures,” “Himitsu”

Jon Alpert – “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province,” “Lock-up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island”
Amir Bar-Lev – “The Tillman Story,” “Fighter”
Lesley Chilcott – “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” “It Might Get Loud”
Carl Deal – “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Trouble the Water”
Charles Ferguson – “Inside Job,” “No End in Sight”
Tim Hetherington – “Restrepo” (posthumous)
Sebastian Junger – “Restrepo”
Thomas Lennon – “The Warriors of Qiugang,” “The Blood of Yingzhou District”
Diane Weyermann – “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” “Food, Inc.”
Ruby Yang – “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” “The Warriors of Qiugang”

William J. Damaschke
Richard M. Fay
Donna Langley
Leslie Moonves
Vanessa L. Morrison
Bill Pohlad
Rich Ross
Jeff Small
Thomas Tull

Film Editors
Tariq Anwar – “The King’s Speech,” “American Beauty”
Naomi Geraghty – “Limitless,” “Reservation Road”
Jon Harris – “127 Hours,” “Layer Cake”
Darren Holmes – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Iron Giant”
Pamela Martin – “The Fighter,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Joel Negron – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “The Karate Kid”
Terilyn A. Shropshire – “Jumping the Broom,” “Eve’s Bayou”
Angus Wall – “The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Andrew Weisblum – “The Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”

Live Action Short Films
Luke Matheny – “God of Love,” “Earano”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Judy Chin – “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”
Kathrine Gordon – “3:10 to Yuma,” “Ocean’s Eleven”
Trefor Proud – “W.,” “Topsy-Turvy”
Cindy Jane Williams – “Burlesque,” “Hancock”
Wesley Wofford – “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” “A Beautiful Mind”

Terence Blanchard – “Inside Man,” “Malcolm X”
Fernand Bos – “Crazy Heart,” “Cold Mountain”
Graeme Revell – “Darfur Now,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”

Iain Canning – “Oranges and Sunshine,” “The King’s Speech”
Cean Chaffin – “The Social Network,” “Fight Club”
Kevin Feige – “Thor,” “Iron Man”
Gary Goetzman – “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Mamma Mia!”
Sisse Graum Jorgensen – “In a Better World,” “After the Wedding”
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon”
Todd Lieberman – “The Fighter,” “The Proposal”
Robert Lorenz – “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Mystic River”
Celine Rattray – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Grace Is Gone”
Emile Sherman – “The King’s Speech,” “Candy”
Emma Thomas – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
Gareth Unwin – “The King’s Speech,” “Exam”

Production Designers
Howard Cummings – “I Love You, Beth Cooper,” “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker”
Therese DePrez – “Black Swan,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”
Guy Hendrix Dyas – “Inception,” “The Brothers Grimm”
Jess Gonchor – “True Grit,” “Capote”
Jane Musky – “Something Borrowed,” “Finding Forrester”
Eve Stewart – “The King’s Speech,” “Topsy-Turvy”

Public Relations
Susan Ciccone
Alissa Grayson
Jeffrey Hall
Jill Ann Jones
Mark Markline
Carmelo Pirrone
Ira Rubenstein
David Schneiderman
Loren Schwartz
Lance Volland

Set Decorators
Judy Farr – “The King’s Speech,” “Death at a Funeral”
Gene Serdena – “The Fighter,” “House of Sand and Fog”

Andrew DeCristofaro – “Hall Pass,” “Crazy Heart”
Joe Dorn – “The Wolfman,” “Spider-Man 3”
Marc Fishman – “Bridesmaids,” “Crash”
Lora Hirschberg – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
Chris Jargo – “Robin Hood,” “American Gangster”
John Midgley – “The King’s Speech,” “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”
Ed Novick – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
Hammond Peek – “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Brian Vessa – “Nemesis,” “Lambada”
Mark Weingarten – “The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Visual Effects
Tim Alexander – “Rango,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
Rob Bredow – “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Polar Express”
Tim Burke – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Gladiator”
Peter Chesney – “No Country for Old Men,” “Men in Black”
Paul Franklin – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
Kevin Tod Haug – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Quantum of Solace”
Florian Kainz – “Mission: Impossible III,” “The Perfect Storm”
Marshall Krasser – “Iron Man 2,” “Titanic”
Sean Phillips – “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Polar Express”
Peter G. Travers – “Watchmen,” “The Matrix Reloaded”
Brian Van’t Hul – “Coraline,” “I, Robot”
Mark H. Weingartner – “Sex and the City 2,” “Inception”

Stuart Blumberg – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Keeping the Faith”
Lisa Cholodenko – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon” (also invited to the Directors Branch)
Debra Granik – “Winter’s Bone,” “Down to the Bone” (also invited to the Directors Branch)
Karen McCullah Lutz – “The Ugly Truth,” “Legally Blonde”
Aline Brosh McKenna – “27 Dresses,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Bob Peterson – “Up,” “Finding Nemo” (also invited to the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch)
David Rabe – “The Firm,” “Casualties of War”
Anne Rosellini – “Winter’s Bone”
David Seidler – “The King’s Speech,” “The King & I”
Scott Silver – “The Fighter,” “8 Mile”
Kirsten Smith – “The Ugly Truth,” “Legally Blonde”
Aaron Sorkin – “The Social Network,” “A Few Good Men”
Daniel Waters – “Batman Returns,” “Heathers”

Additionally, the Academy invited John Coffey, Risa Gertner and Robert C. Rosenthal to Associate membership. Associate members are not represented on the Board and do not have Academy Awards® voting privileges.

Individuals invited to join multiple branches must select one branch upon accepting membership. New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

  1. “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak.

    –And they lead off the list with Russell Brand.

    I get it. Funny joke, guys.

    1. oops, I agree the actors’ list is unbelievably weak. You know their is a serious problem when Gerard Butler, Russell Brand, David Duchovny ( tv actor ) , Dominic Monaghan ( another tv actor ) , Tea Leoni ( when was the last time she did anything worthy ? ) and the singer Beyonce are invited to be members. Annette Bening must have pulled her weight around to get Mia Wasikowska & Lisa Cholodenko approved as members of the Academy. President Tom Sherak is becoming a big fat joke.

      P.S. I am surprised Jon Hamm and Joseph Gordon Levitt were not included on this year’s list of actors .

  2. Chris Dodd…they have got to be kidding.

    Obviously, the Academy holds the position of CEO of AMPTP as the member qualification. Certainly, in Dodd’s case, experience both in and out of the industry cannot be a basis for qualification.

    The Academy should, at least, pretend that he has done something worthy of membership other than being picked by the studios to run AMPTP for all of a few months.

    It’s hard to believe that AMPAS feels Les Moonves is a worthy member either… I guess I am missing his great contributions to filmmaking…but, after Chris Dodd…does it matter?

    Congrats to the many gifted filmmakers who have been invited to join the Academy…they are certainly worthy…and nothing should distract from this honor.

  3. Adding Wes Studi was long over due for a really terrific actor. Not surprised by David Seidler & Aaron Sorkin. KUDOS to all!

  4. Wow, there were no good film editors to be invited to join this year? Really? It’s cool we can join all the other union members that didn’t get recognized but so glad public relations, executives, and at-large are invited!

    1. Dear Editors Anyone,

      You must have missed the editor list which includes most of this year’s Oscar nominees.

      It is a good group of nine new editors for membership.

  5. Neil Burger? What the hell? The contribution is? Seriously.
    Are you serious?
    Limitless wasunwatchable garbage. I mean…. I have to go. Bye.

  6. Surprised Aaron Sorkin wasn’t a member before. Mila, Jesse, Jennifer? Do they let you in after you’re nominated?

  7. Terrence Blanchard and Anthony Mackie are two of New Orleans’ finest. So happy for them!

  8. Aaron Sorkin is invited NOW? Why wasn’t he on this list a decade ago? He had to wait for Russell Brand and Beyonce?

    1. I agree with you. The fact that Sorkin wasn’t invited before now is a travesty. I also agree with the questions about why Beyonce and Brand were invited. How do they qualify? Who’s next… P.Diddy???

  9. aaron sorkin just now got invited? wow! good for him. i’m sure he’s absolutely thrilled!

  10. Though I do not see why Russell Brands should be included on that list, I beg to differ where Gerard Butler is concerned.

    Those who judge him only through the movies Hollywood wanted him to do after “300” may think of him as an untalented Manwhore but he’s not doing anything more than other well-loved Hollywood actors do all the time, meet ladies, flirt with them and if we forgot his personal life once in a while and stop thinking that he sleeps with all of them then maybe some of you could see he’s a pretty darn good actor.

    Just look at some of the movies he did in the UK before Hollywood decided he was bankable (odd that the Phantom of the Opera made so much money and yet the Hollywood critics still thought he couldn’t carry a movie!). He totally eclipses Billy Connolly in “Mrs. Brown” in all their scenes together and I’m not talking about the nude swimming scene here. In the Jury, he outshines all the other actors in there and his meltdown as Johnny finds out Rose is married shows just how deep he delved into himself to find that part of himself who had known what it was to be an alcoholic.

    In “Dracula 2000” and in “Timeline”, 2 movies the critics bashed and yet the very same critics claimed that the only good acting in both was his as the vampire and as Marek. Both movies are listed as favorites from people who are not necessarily fans of his.

    This man took the means to get to sing well enough for the Phantom of the Opera, enduring hours of painful time in the makeup chair to be turned into the Phantom and nearly was blinded when somebody dropped alcohol in his eyes and let’s not forget the wire which held one of his eyelid open. Even with “300” where he ever the perfectionist pushed himself to the extreme there are still idiots out there who think that his 8-pack were photoshopped.

    It seems if an actor refuses to follow into the Hollywood mold, some of its members will do anything to bash that actor’s talent. He is more than a handsome face or a ladies’ man, he’s a real actor. Obviously the Weinstein Brothers think so and have since they saw him in “Dear Frankie”. It is not his fault if the gossip sheets thought he and Jennifer Aniston were more than friends while doing “The Bounty Hunter” (and even if they had an affair, it’s no one’s business but their own) and so decided the movie was bad. He did his work as Milo and was believable and I have no idea why Jennifer who can be a very good actress decided to fall back into the Rachel Green type to play her Nikki.

    Law-Abiding Citizen should have at least garnered him a Golden Globes or an Oscar as he eclipses Jaimie Foxx in all their scenes together. His Clyde Sheldon is so scary that even if he’s a good looking man, I wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley.

    Well people I for one can see Gerard Butler on that list. He gives over 100% in all his roles and if his costars can’t do their shares, he shouldn’t get published for it. Also maybe the gossip sites and gossip sheets should stop trying to link him to every woman he talks to and spend more time watching him work instead.

  11. In my last paragraph, I meant to say “punished” and not “published.

    Sorry as an author, publishing is hign on my list of things to accomplish.

  12. Wow…the actors list is embarrassing. Rooney Mara? Based on what? Based on a movie that hasn’t even been released? This is a new and unfair way to campaign an actress for a nomination don’t you think?

    There are many others on this list that are ridiculous in light of people like Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Evan Rachel Wood not being invited yet. ( Is Kirsten Dunst in the academy yet? ) All of whom have been working since childhood and made many films of Artistic merit, also boasting work in films that have been Oscar nominated.

    A thought that this at least was a serious thing to be invited to the academy…but, with Beyonce, Ducovney, and Tea Leoni on this list as well as a bunch of other television actors….well…..apparently this is a publicists bargaining table as much as everything else in this town.

  13. Why is Neil Burger on any list. He has done nothing worthy. What the fuck?

    Limitless blew. Illusionist was fine. That’s it. Nothing else and hens a member.

    Dickinthephone xo shoe tip.

  14. It’s a very white list. More effort needs to be made to include a more diverse slate of candidates. There is talent of color out there; the Academy should reflect it.

    1. Play that race card…are you nuts??? Beyonce is on the list and what has she done that is so great??? Get a life…this is nothing more than a liberal hand shaking event!

  15. What Art DIrector credits does Anahid Nazarin have? Does being a long time assistant & librarian to Francis Coppola qualify her for membership in the Art Director’s branch? The hypocrisy of this nomination is astounding when there are so many talented art department members who are excluded from membership.

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