Jeremy Renner joins the club

Posted by · 5:40 am · June 14th, 2010

Every June, bloggers like to pick over the list of newly invited AMPAS members, seeing which recent nominees or long-serving industry stalwarts have been deemed good enough to vote for the Oscars. This year’s crop has yet to be announced, but at least one invitee has been named: Jeremy Renner. Thanks to Steve Pond for sharing this minor but happy tidbit.

The “Hurt Locker” star — still, I think, the most deserving of 2009’s Best Actor nominees — had his membership made public at Saturday’s Student Academy Awards, by AMPAS president Tom Sherak:

Introducing actor Jeremy Renner, Sherak … called him “the very talented – and now, brand new member of the Academy, Jeremy Renner.”

Beaming, Renner walked onstage and said, “Yeah, that does sound good, doesn’t it?”

Lest you think the invitation is a mere formality following an Oscar nod, Pond reminds us that Jon Landau, the Oscar-winning producer of “Titanic” and “Avatar,” has had his application for membership rejected twice since his 1997 victory. (Will producing the all-time highest grosser — again — do the trick this year?) So it’s not as simple as all that. Congrats to Renner.

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  • 1 6-14-2010 at 2:23 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Really? I thought he was quite easily the least deserving of the nominees, especially when you put him up against the mastery of Jeff Bridges and, especially, Colin Firth.

  • 2 6-14-2010 at 2:30 pm

    Patryk said...

    The National Society of Film Critics got that race right. I guess he’ll have to wait until he is 60 to be deemed the Academy favorite. Until then, we will be fortunate enough to see what roles he undertakes.

  • 3 6-14-2010 at 3:14 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    God damn, he was magnificent in that movie, wasn’t he? No histrionics, no “Oscar bait” hooks, just great characterization through and through.

    Anyways, congratulations to him on his accomplishment.

  • 4 6-14-2010 at 6:21 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “I thought he was quite easily the least deserving of the nominees”

    Quelle surprise.

  • 5 6-15-2010 at 10:31 am

    Joe said...

    Are these “list of new Academy member” things really that surprising? I’ve always assumed that the most recent crop of new nominees is virtually assured of Academy membership.

  • 6 6-15-2010 at 10:48 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Joe: Did you read my last paragraph?

  • 7 6-16-2010 at 7:52 am

    Joe said...

    Guy: good idea, I must’ve missed your last paragraph. But still, by and large, doesn’t most of the nominee crop get invited the following year?

  • 8 6-16-2010 at 8:03 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yes, though they often make people wait for some reason. Michelle Williams, for example, only got the nod last year — over three years after her nomination.

  • 9 6-16-2010 at 9:13 am

    Jim T said...

    Just to be a contrarian, Williams didn’t carry a Best Pic winner.

  • 10 6-16-2010 at 9:43 am

    sp said...

    In the past, it was easy to become a member of the academy. If you had a nomination or you had the right connections . Because so many so-called producers ( producers in name only) won for Shakespeare in Love (best picture), it angered many academy members . The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences decided to change the rules – be more selective. Now, it is incredibly difficult to be an academy member ( almost as challenging as getting into Harvard or Yale Drama School ) . A potential member has to submit an application, a resume , referrence letters, two academy sponsors, and has to approved by a couple of the Motion Picture Art & Sciences’ committees- before he or she can be approved. I heard stories of people submitting applications every year for years without approvals. I hear the academy is trying to add more younger members & more people of color.