The Academy opens the doors to 134 new members

Posted by · 10:56 am · June 30th, 2009

Seth RogenThe headline says it all.  After bringing in 105 new members last year, the Academy has just announced a new list of 134 names to join their ranks.

Actors include Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Jeffrey Wright (woo-hoo!), James McAvoy, Casey Affleck (who should have been brought in after his 2007 nomination), James Franco, Michael Cera and Seth Rogen, as well as, of course, all of the first-time nominees from last year’s season.  I was rather surprised to see Brendan Gleeson only now getting the invite.

A big huzzah to director Rod Lurie, who made the cut in the directors branch, along with last year’s big winner Danny Boyle and animator Henry Selick, among others.  And another tip of the hat to Clint Mansell (robbed blind for his “Fountain” score two years ago), who joined the composers’ ranks along with Peter Gabriel (another guy I figured would have been in long ago) and last year’s winner in both music categories, A.R. Rahman.

Neither here nor there, since now we’re getting to inside baseball, but a big shout-out to Paramount’s Megan Colligan, who was allowed passage in the public relations arena.

Check out the full list after the jump.

Beverly Hills, CA (June 30, 2009) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 134 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 2009 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.

“These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world,” said Academy President Sid Ganis. “It’s this kind of talent and creativity that make up the Academy, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”

The Academy’s membership would have allowed a maximum of 166 new members in 2009, but as in the previous years, the 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.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.

The 2009 invitees are:


Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Gone Baby Gone
Emily Blunt – Sunshine Cleaning, The Devil Wears Prada
Michael Cera – Juno, Superbad
Viola Davis – Doubt, State of Play
James Franco – Milk, Spider-Man
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges, Mission: Impossible II
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married, The Princess Diaries
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hustle & Flow
Emile Hirsch – Into the Wild, Lords of Dogtown
Hugh Jackman – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Prestige
Melissa Leo – Frozen River, 21 Grams
Jane Lynch – Role Models, The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Eddie Marsan – Happy-Go-Lucky, The Illusionist
James McAvoy – Atonement, The Last King of Scotland
Seth Rogen – Monsters vs. Aliens, Knocked Up
Paul Rudd – I Love You, Man, Knocked Up
Amy Ryan – Changeling, Gone Baby Gone
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Michelle Williams – Wendy and Lucy, Brokeback Mountain
Jeffrey Wright – Quantum of Solace, W.


J.J. Blumenkranz – Monster House, The Polar Express
Konstantin Bronzit – Lavatory-Lovestory, The Cat and the Fox
Kendal Cronkhite – Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Antz
Rodolphe Guenoden – Kung Fu Panda, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Byron Howard – Bolt, Lilo & Stitch
Kunio Kato – La Maison en Petits Cubes
Doug Sweetland – Presto, The Incredibles
Chris Williams – Bolt, Chicken Little

Art Directors

Andrew Ackland-Snow – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Notting Hill


Matthew D. Loeb
Redmond Morris

Casting Directors

John Papsidera – The Dark Knight, Agent Cody Banks
Bernie Telsey – Sex and the City, Across the Universe


Russ T. Alsobrook – Paul Blart Mall Cop, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire, The Last King of Scotland
Henner Hofmann – Ave Maria, La Leyenda de una Mascara (The Legend of the Mask)
Claudio Miranda – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Failure to Launch
Rodney Taylor – Save Me, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France
Mandy Walker – Australia, Shattered Glass

Costume Designers

Deborah Hopper – Changeling, Million Dollar Baby
Louise Mingenbach – The Hangover, Superman Returns
Michael O’Connor – The Duchess, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Michael Wilkinson – Watchmen, Babel


Rachid Bouchareb – Days of Glory, Dust of Life
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine
David Frankel – Marley & Me, The Devil Wears Prada
Rod Lurie – Nothing but the Truth, The Contender
Thomas McCarthy – The Visitor, The Station Agent
Tyler Perry – Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Madea’s Family Reunion
Henry Selick – Coraline, Monkeybone


William Gazecki – Crop Circles: Quest for Truth, Waco: The Rules of Engagement
Rachel Grady – Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka
Rory Kennedy – Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, A Boy’s Life
Scott Hamilton Kennedy – The Garden, OT: Our Town
James Marsh – Man on Wire, Wisconsin Death Trip
Megan Mylan – Smile Pinki, Lost Boys of Sudan
Doug Pray – Surfwise, Scratch


Daniel D.A. Battsek
Steve Beeks
Graham W. Burke
Joe Drake
Erik Feig
Paul Hanneman
Donald P. Harris
Claudia Lewis

Film Editors

Roger Barton – Speed Racer, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Hank Corwin – What Just Happened, The New World
Chris Dickens – Slumdog Millionaire, Shaun of the Dead
Elliot Graham – Milk, Superman Returns
Kathryn Himoff – Appaloosa, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Leo Trombetta – Little Children, Northfork
Brent White – Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Pam Wise – Then She Found Me, Transamerica

Live Action Short Films

Reto Caffi – Auf der Strecke (On the Line), Leos Freunde
Jochen Alexander Freydank – Spielzeugland (Toyland), Dienst (Duty)
F. Carter Pilcher – The Dreaming, Bitter

Makeup and Hairstylists

Howard Berger – Seven Pounds, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Mike Elizalde – Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer
Louis Lazzara – Race to Witch Mountain, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Gerald Quist – Tropic Thunder, The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause


Jeff Danna – Lakeview Terrace, Fracture
Andrew Dorfman – Baby Mama, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Peter Gabriel – WALL-E, Philadelphia
Clint Mansell – The Wrestler, The Fountain
A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire, Elizabeth: The Golden Age


Mark Ciardi – The Game Plan, The Rookie
Christian Colson – Slumdog Millionaire, The Descent
Gordon Gray – Invincible, Miracle
Broderick Johnson – One Missed Call; P.S. I Love You
Cathy Konrad – 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line
Andrew Kosove – Racing Stripes, Dude, Where’s My Car?
James Lassiter – Hancock, Lakeview Terrace
Russell Smith – Juno, The Libertine
Paula Wagner – Death Race, Elizabethtown
Production Designers

Donald Graham Burt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac
Michael Carlin – The Duchess, In Bruges
Jane Ann Stewart – The Savages, Sideways
Kevin Thompson – Duplicity, Michael Clayton

Public Relations

Michael D. Camp
Marc Cohen
Megan Colligan
James C. Gallagher
David Kaminow
Sal Ladestro
Maria Pekurovskaya
Elizabeth Petit

Set Decorators

Rebecca Alleway – The Duchess, The Last King of Scotland
Peter Lando – The Dark Knight, The Invisible
Barbara Munch-Cameron – Bottle Shock, Rent

Scenic Artists

Robert Topol – Doubt, The Departed


Michael Barry – The Reader, Mamma Mia!
Derek Casari – The Soloist, Beowulf
Aaron Glascock – Deception; Good Night, and Good Luck.
Ren Klyce – Zodiac, The Fight Club
Peter F. Kurland – No Country for Old Men, Walk the Line
Karen Baker Landers – 27 Dresses, The Bourne Ultimatum
Hamilton Sterling – Fool’s Gold, Scary Movie 4
Deborah Wallach – Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code
Kim Waugh – Shade, Monster’s Ball

Visual Effects

Christopher Bond – Idlewild, Superman Returns
Matthew Butler – The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Letters from Iwo Jima
Chris Corbould – The Dark Knight, Casino Royale
Rob Engle – Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, Beowulf
Scott Gordon – Nim’s Island, Spider-Man 3
Hal Hickel – Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Van Ling – Milk, Vanilla Sky
Shane Mahan – Iron Man, War of the Worlds
Steve Preeg – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Tim Webber – The Dark Knight, Children of Men
Edson Williams – Star Trek (2009), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


John August – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie’s Angels
Dustin Lance Black – Milk
Courtney Hunt – Frozen River
Howard A. Rodman – Savage Grace, Joe Gould’s Secret

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  • 1 6-30-2009 at 11:01 am

    adam said...

    I’m surprised they are so public about it. It’s rather laughable.

    Michael Cera, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen?!

    Poor Danny Boyle. He has to win to get invitied yet David Frankel just has just to direct Marley and Me.

  • 2 6-30-2009 at 11:07 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Seems like a good group.

  • 3 6-30-2009 at 11:31 am

    JimmyBoots said...

    Tyler Perry???!!!

  • 4 6-30-2009 at 11:32 am

    andrew said...

    I really like the group for the actors the most.

  • 5 6-30-2009 at 12:15 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Tyler Perry is a great choice.

  • 6 6-30-2009 at 12:42 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Chad: I’m gonna punch you in the stomach next time I see you.

  • 7 6-30-2009 at 12:43 pm

    Billyboy said...

    With all due respect, what are Seth Rogen and Michael Cera doing there?

  • 8 6-30-2009 at 12:55 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I’ve never seen one of his movies and I’m sure he’s a sub-standard filmmaker but he’s undeniably influential and successful in the industry. More importantly, he’s a different perspective than a Tony Curtis or an Ernest Borgnine and that’s what the Academy needs.

  • 9 6-30-2009 at 1:17 pm

    RockMocha said...

    Nominees aren’t automatically invited. It is nice to see them invite Amy Ryan and Michael Shannon.

  • 10 6-30-2009 at 1:27 pm

    JC said...

    Yeah, say what you will about Boyle, but his direction of Shallow Grave and, more significantly, Trainspotting, should’ve put him on this list long ago. Huge oversight.

  • 11 6-30-2009 at 3:03 pm

    KBJr. said...

    What is criteria for being invited for membership? Because the presence of Rogen, Rudd, Perry and more are a bit ridiculous, ask me.

    I liked it when I thought you only got a membership when you’ve been nominated for an award or have been a part of a nominated film…these invites appear arbitrary to me.

  • 12 6-30-2009 at 3:27 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    A huge “yay” from me for Eddie Marsan. That guy works his butt off and elevates almost anything he appears in. He should have had a Best Supporting Actor nod this year, but in lieu of that, this is a fitting acknowledgement.

    Big thumbs-up too for Michelle Williams (only now? I’m surprised), Anthony Dod Mantle (ditto), Clint Mansell and Rachid Bouchareb.

  • 13 6-30-2009 at 6:00 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Wowsers. The Informant trailer uses “Would I Lie to You?” behind it and stops just short of a record scratch sound effect and a dog reaction shot. That’s gotta change some things.

  • 14 6-30-2009 at 6:07 pm

    Jake said...

    Let me get this straight: Michael Cera was invited before Christopher Nolan?

  • 15 6-30-2009 at 6:47 pm

    Ronald said...

    Isn’t Michael Bay an academy member? I think I read that somewhere before

  • 16 6-30-2009 at 7:59 pm

    moviefan said...

    Cera? Rogen? Oh, my God, I’d really hate to see a long list of actors who haven’t been invited yet. I wonder how many terrific actors who have been nominated have still be beaten to the party by Michael Cera and Seth Rogen?

  • 17 6-30-2009 at 8:00 pm

    moviefan said...

    “still been beaten to the party”

  • 18 6-30-2009 at 9:26 pm

    Kyle said...

    Public Relations? What award to they vote on in the nomination ballots?

  • 19 6-30-2009 at 9:26 pm

    Kyle said...

    ..besides Best Picture

  • 20 6-30-2009 at 9:45 pm

    j said...

    What’s with first-time nominees from past years not being in already? Looking at Michelle Williams; there might be others.
    Ooh, Henry Selick should be able to vote for himself when Coraline gets its deserved nom. Ooh, Dustin Lance Black. I feel that someone upon being nominated should be invited in; so the first time they’re nommed they can vote for themselves.

  • 21 6-30-2009 at 10:15 pm

    adam said...

    Jake – Christopher Nolan is already a member

    Ronald – Yes – Michael Bay is also a member.

  • 22 6-30-2009 at 10:21 pm

    adam said...

    I’m glad Michelle Williams is now a member.

    Jennifer Aniston managed to get an invite before her. Aniston got invited the year after Williams had actually been nominated.

  • 23 7-01-2009 at 12:56 am

    Glenn said...

    The Academy isn’t just a list of whose won/been nominated, it’s a list of who has made a sizable contribution to film. Or, at least, that’s what I’ve always gathered since year after year there are strange inclusion.

    As much as many don’t like people like Rogen or Aniston it’s hard to deny they’ve made Hollywood a lot of money.

  • 24 7-01-2009 at 5:19 am

    Eunice said...

    Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Michael Cera?

    Is this another one of the Academy’s attempts to be more populist? Honestly. What have they done? I’d probably accept Cera, for the teeny fact that he was in Juno, but no to Rogen and Rudd.

    In other news, I just have to give my reactions to some of the Academy’s invitees/new members (who would refuse an invitation to the Academy, anyway?):

    Emily Blunt – yay! first stop: member, next stop: like Anne Hathaway, you’ll be nominated along with Meryl Streep. plus, I really like her resume, and I want to see “My Summer of Love”.
    Emile Hirsch – You’d think the Academy would be impressed by his talent. Sheesh.
    Hugh Jackman – If I were the Academy, I’d probably hold off the invite until he stars in something other than a franchise. But then again, I wouldn’t blame them if they couldn’t wait that long. :)
    Jane Lynch – Possibly my favorite addition to the list. She’s so funny, savvy, and just plain energetic that I’d not only want to see her as a member, but also as a nominee.
    James McAvoy – I would have invited him after Atonement.
    Michelle Williams – What is with the post-nom invitations? I’m actually gobsmacked. The Academy actually didn’t invite her till now? They actually waited for years after Brokeback Mountain? Wow.
    Jeffrey Wright – YES! I’ve loved Jeffrey Wright since Lackawanna Blues and The Manchurian Candidate and I’m glad to see him on this list.

  • 25 7-01-2009 at 5:26 am

    Eunice said...

    Also, I just have a rather stupid question, which I want to ask since I really don’t know: Is Pedro Almodovar a member of the Academy?

  • 26 7-01-2009 at 6:18 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I don’t get why so many people have a problem with Seth Rogen’s invitation. I’m pretty indifferent to him as a movie star, but there’s no denying the influence he wields in the industry as an actor, writer and producer.

  • 27 7-01-2009 at 8:08 am

    Eunice said...

    Guy: He’s done well as a writer and a producer, and he’s a pretty funny guy, but personally, I’m just too much of a snob to accept the guy.

    But let’s see. If he shocks me and breaks away from the funnyman stereotype and acts in a ‘Margot at the Wedding’-type film with a more serious role, I’d be silenced and impressed. And I’d take back what I said.

  • 28 7-01-2009 at 6:00 pm

    moviefan said...

    Not to pick on Michael Cera and Seth Rogen but as I was watching the trailer for Shutter Island today, I wondered if Mark Ruffalo was a member of AMPAS. Sure enough, when I get home I find he isn’t. I don’t think anyone can convince me that Cera and Rogen are more deserving than Ruffalo who has so many wonderful performances on his filmography – unless, of course, AMPAS is just trying to look younger and hipper.

    I’m sure I could find others like Ruffalo but I’m not looking, it might be too disheartening.