New AMPAS invitees include Sorkin, Hooper… and Beyoncé

Posted by · 5:17 pm · June 17th, 2011

The annual announcement of the new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the latest batch of industry pros we get to blame for next year’s Oscar results — is a moment that always prompts as much satisfied head-nodding as bewildered head-scratching.

The latter action isn’t always in response to unworthy choices (though I imagine many will deem the inclusion of, say, relatively unproven comedian-turned-movie-star Russell Brand premature), but more to the tardiness of others: every year, I find myself surprised that so-and-so wasn’t already a member. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the first time they’ve been asked — not everyone accepts the invitation.

I’m surprised, for example, that one of this year’s most esteemed Oscar champs, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, is only now being brought into the fold. He’s one of a number of 2010 winners on this year’s list of 178 newcomers, including directors Tom Hooper and Susanne Bier, documentarian Charles Ferguson, writer David Seidler, editor Angus Wall, short filmmaker Luke Matheny and “The King’s Speech” producers Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin. A host of this year’s nominees are also joining, among them actors Jesse Eisenberg, Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Jacki Weaver, as well as female writer-directors Lisa Cholodenko and Debra Granik.

As usual, the actors’ branch offers the largest pool of new entries, and it’s here that the Academy’s mission to inject some younger blood into the membership is most evident: in addition to Eisenberg and Lawrence, names such as Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Mila Kunis, Anthony Mackie, Brand and (perhaps most questionably, not least given that it’s been two years since her last screen role) Beyoncé Knowles all serve to beef up AMPAS’s twentysomething contingent. (Meanwhile, Ellen Page finally gets the nod more than three years after her own nomination.)

Among the names I’m particularly glad to see on the list are “The Illusionist” animator Sylvain Chomet (seven years after his first nod), offbeat directors Gregg Araki and John Cameron Mitchell and “Another Year” actress Lesley Manville — whose inclusion should come as some consolation for the missing Best Actress nomination many felt she deserved this year. [EDIT: Chomet was previously invited to join in 2004. Whether he chooses to accept this time is open to question.]

A particularly bittersweet selection, meanwhile, is that of the late Tim Hetherington, the war photographer nominated this year for his debut documentary “Restrepo” and tragically killed two months ago on the front line in Libya. More happily, his co-director, Sebastian Junger, also makes the cut.

The full list of 178 new members follows:

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”

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  • 1 6-17-2011 at 5:51 pm

    SC said...

    Rooney Mara did well to make it in; her big break hasn’t even come out yet.

  • 2 6-17-2011 at 6:16 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Beyonce being invited is beyond bizarre. Sure, she’s starred in a few movies, she’s sung on a few soundtracks.. But geez, you’d think you’d need to either be nominated or have a distinguished, established film career to be invited. I can only hope she declines the invitation, she does not belong.

    The Rooney Mara thing is the same.. I don’t object as much to that since she’s a real actress and not a singer-turned-actress, it just feels a bit presumptuous on the Academy’s behalf to invite her now. For all we know, she might bomb in Dragon Tattoo and soon fade into obscurity. Why couldn’t they have waited a year and see how her big break turned out first?

  • 3 6-17-2011 at 6:24 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    The Rooney Mara inclusion seems especially odd to me given that the not-dissimilar-but-more-established Ellen Page only gets in now. If Page had to wait a few years (even after actually getting a Best Actress nomination), why doesn’t Mara?

  • 4 6-17-2011 at 6:34 pm

    m1 said...

    As long as Beyonce knows a fucking lot about film, I have no problem with her being a member.

  • 5 6-17-2011 at 6:36 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    For all we know, she does. But then, so do a lot of people who aren’t granted the privilege of membership. I think being an active member of the film community should be a priority.

  • 6 6-17-2011 at 6:38 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    That’s mean something: Rooney Mara WILL be an Oscar nominee!… Sarcasm off lol, but it’s very interesting her inclusion. If it was for starring a BP nominee, why not her sister Kate Mara? She starred Brokeback Mountain and 127 Hours after all… The pressure will be bigger for Mara this season.

    For Beyoncé inclusion, well, at least she was more logical than Russell Brand. She starred Dreamgirls.

  • 7 6-17-2011 at 6:49 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Beyonce is starring in a Clint Eastwood film next and has supporters in Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, and Diana Ross.

  • 8 6-17-2011 at 6:57 pm

    Hans said...

    Christopher Dodd? Yeah, he heads MPAA, but it’s always funny when politicians and show biz mix.

  • 9 6-17-2011 at 7:39 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Visual Effects: “Sex and the City 2”

    Big LOL. Sure did take a hell of a lot of work to make those ladies look young!

  • 10 6-17-2011 at 7:45 pm

    Andrej said...

    Rather than by her film career, I think that Beyoncé getting in could be read as a “thank you” for the handful of musical performances she has made in recent years at the Academy Awards. Even if the ratings were abysmal, she surely could have influenced the TV audience to prevent the show from falling into total popular oblivion.

    As for the rest of the newly AMPASsed gang: congrats! but don’t fuck it up. >:(

  • 11 6-17-2011 at 8:00 pm

    Hans said...

    @Andrej Great point. She carried, what, three or four of the song nominees in 2004? That sticks out the most in my head. Has she done anymore since then?

  • 12 6-17-2011 at 8:02 pm

    Loyal said...

    Luke Matheny made the cut which is obviously the coolest thing ever. Go Luke!!!

  • 13 6-17-2011 at 9:16 pm

    W.J. said...

    Add Terence Blanchard’s name to the headscratchers list. I get that he’s flown under the radar, despite some great work for Spike Lee and others (as well as his own solo jazz records). I just thought the Academy would’ve extended an invitation with 2002’s 25th Hour or at leasy by 2007, when he delivered the utterly beautiful score for When the Levees Broke, some of which was recycled in Inside Man and in countless other movie trailers and on television.

  • 14 6-17-2011 at 9:23 pm

    Ron said...

    A list of 178 that includes Beyonce and there are hardly any Asians (just one or two?). Such a travesty, considering how many greats there are in Asian cinema.

  • 15 6-17-2011 at 11:00 pm

    qwiggles said...

    The cinematographer list is abysmal: should have left their projects off the press release to spare the shame. A question, because he wasn’t invited this year or in the 3 prior to it: is Fincher a member? Very odd if his partner is now in, along with Mara (!) and he isn’t.

    Weirdest omission, unless he’s also a longstanding member, is Bale. And while I generally like the director list, and applaud the queer hat trick of Araki-Mitchell-Cholodenko, where are Darren Aronofsky and David O Russell? Neil Burger is seriously more deserving than two of last year’s nominees? Limitless has inexplicably racked up 3 new members of AMPAS: bad omen?

  • 16 6-18-2011 at 3:34 am

    matsunaga said...

    I have a question… Sorry if this is a dumb question or what, but if someone is an Academy member and that person happens to be a nominee, will that person be allowed to still vote for the category given the fact that he/she is one of the nominees?


  • 17 6-18-2011 at 3:43 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Matsunaga: Not a dumb question at all, but the answer is yes. Nominated Academy members are free to vote for themselves — and presumably do, more often than not.

    By the way, one thing I should have initially explained in the article that I’ve now added is that this a list of people the Academy has invited to join their ranks — not necessarily a list of new members. While most invitees accept the invitation, some prefer not to. (I just learned that Sylvain Chomet was previously invited in 2004.)

  • 18 6-18-2011 at 3:48 am

    matsunaga said...

    Thanks Guy, I appreciate it…

  • 19 6-18-2011 at 5:45 am

    tdr said...

    Nastassja Kinski is invited to join in 2011??? Is it because she has refused previous invitations? Or has the Academy gotten around to her just now? Because if it’s the latter, that would be the most bizarre for me. Even more so than Beyonce and Mara.

  • 20 6-18-2011 at 5:51 am

    Graysmith said...

    If knowing a lot about film would be a criteria to be a member, why isn’t Roger Ebert in the Academy then? He has about as much filmmaking experience as Beyonce and surely knows a lot about film.

    Nah, knowledge isn’t part of this equation. You should either get in by being a nominee or by having made a substantial contribution. Like I said earlier, Beyonce has done neither of those things.

  • 21 6-18-2011 at 7:13 am

    jt said...

    qwiggles , Bale is a member of the Academy.

  • 22 6-18-2011 at 7:37 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    From Goldderby forum, this is a list of last invitations:


    Actors – Tobin Bell, Vera Farmiga, Miguel Ferrer, James Gandolfini, Anna Kendrick, Mo’Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Ryan Reynolds, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Peter Riegert, Sam Robards, Saoirse Ronan, Zoe Saldana, Adam Sandler, Peter Sarsgaard, Gabourey Sidibe, Shaun Toub, Christoph Waltz, George Wyner (all nominees invited)

    Directors – Jacques Audiard, Juan Jose Campanella, Lee Daniels, Claudia Llosa, Lone Scherfig, Adam Shankman

    Writers – Neill Blomkamp, Mark Boal, Geoffrey Fletcher, Nick Hornby, Alex Kurtzman, Tom McCarthy, Roberto Orci, Terri Tatchell


    Actors – Casey Affleck, Emily Blunt, Michael Cera, Viola Davis, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Anne Hathaway, Taraji P. Henson, Emile Hirsch, Hugh Jackman, Melissa Leo, Jane Lynch, Eddie Marsan, James McAvoy, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Amy Ryan, Michael Shannon, Michelle Williams, Jeffrey Wright (all nominees invited)

    Directors – Rachid Bouchareb, Danny Boyle, David Frankel, Rod Lurie, Thomas McCarthy, Tyler Perry, Henry Selick

    Writers – John August, Dustin Lance Black, Courtney Hunt, Howard A. Rodman


    Actors – Sacha Baron Cohen, Josh Brolin, Marion Cotillard, Ruby Dee, Allison Janney, Jet Li, Ray Winstone (nominees not invited were Casey Affleck, Ellen Page, Saoirse Ronan and Amy Ryan)

    Directors – Sergei Bodrov, James Gray, Michael Haneke, Doug Liman, Kimberly Pierce, Peyton Reed, Jason Reitman, Walter Salles, Gore Verbinski

    Writers – Judd Apatow, David Benioff, Jean-Claude Carriere, Diablo Cody, Tamara Jenkins, Jeff Nathanson, Nancy Oliver


    Actors – Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Steve Carell, Daniel Craig, Aaron Eckhart, Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Fichtner, Ryan Gosling, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Huston, Eddie Murphy, Christopher Plummer, James Rebhorn, Michael Sheen, Maribel Verdu (nominees not invited were Abigail Breslin and Rinko Kikuchi)

    Directors – Peter Berg, D.J. Caruso, Antoine Fuqua, Paul Greengrass, Monte Hellman, Simon West

    Writers – J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt, Guillermo Arriaga, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Patrick Marber, William Monahan, Peter Morgan, Billy Ray, Erin Cressida Wilson


    Actors – Amy Adams, Eric Bana, Maria Bello, Dakota Fanning, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Felicity Huffman, Keira Knightley, Heath Ledger, Hayley Mills, Barry Pepper, Joaquin Phoenix, Jon Polito, Ving Rhames, Liev Schreiber, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz (nominee not invited was Michelle Williams)

    Directors – Werner Herzog, Nicole Holofcener, Gavin Hood, Bennett Miller, Mark Waters

    Writers – Noah Baumbach, Jeffrey Caine, Jean-Claude Carrière, Dan Futterman, Tony Kushner, Bobby Moresco, Josh Olson


    Actors – Gael Garcia Bernal, Thomas Haden Church, Jennifer Coolidge, Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Sophie Okonedo, Clive Owen, Charlotte Rampling, Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgard, Imelda Staunton, Mykelti Williamson, Ziyi Zhang (all nominees invited)

    Directors – Alejandro Amenabar, Marc Forster, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Andy Tennant, Joel Zwick

    Writers – Paul Haggis, David Magee, Keir Pearson, Jose Rivera, David N. Weiss, Mike White


    Actors – Shohreh Aghdashloo, Paul Bettany, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Patricia Clarkson, Keith David, Hope Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Viggo Mortensen, Bill Nighy, Sean Penn (did not accept), Audrey Tautou, Ken Watanabe, Treat Williams (all nominees invited)

    Directors – Miguel Arteta, Gurinder Chadha, Peter Chelsom, Sofia Coppola, Michael Corrente, Ashutosh Gowariker, Shawn Adam Levy, Gillies MacKinnon, Fernando Meirelles, Bruce Robinson

    Writers – Shari Springer Berman, L.M. Kit Carson, Sofia Coppola, D.V. DeVincentis, Steven Knight, Braulio Mantovani, Robert Pulcini (Coppola invited to join both branches but had to choose only one – she chose Writing)

    Awful choice let Andrew Garfield out of the list.

  • 23 6-18-2011 at 7:55 am

    kirenaj said...

    According to “Inside Oscar” Barbara Streisand was invited to the Academy the year before her first nomination and win for “Funny Girl”. She and Katharine Hepburn presumably got the same number of votes that year, so if she hadn’t been invited she probably would’t have won (assuming that she voted for herself). It would be kind of funny if the same thing happened now with Beyonce.

  • 24 6-18-2011 at 6:39 pm

    RichardA said...

    Beyonce was pretty good in Cadillac Records.
    Nice to see Tea Leoni invited.

  • 25 6-18-2011 at 9:37 pm

    Bk said...

    Beyonce loves a ceremony, you can see her as well in the documentary Battle For Brooklyn – as she attends the groundTAKING of land handed over for a loosing land grab.

  • 26 6-19-2011 at 3:06 pm

    Joe7827 said...

    I’ve always wondered… does anyone know how they decide which branch a member goes into? Or can a member be in multiple branches?

  • 27 6-19-2011 at 4:33 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    To my knowledge, a member may be invited to join more than one applicable branch (say, writing and directing), but they can only choose one to join.

  • 28 6-19-2011 at 7:54 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    And still I wait for my invitation.

  • 29 6-21-2011 at 3:04 pm

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    kirenaj, great data ;). I didn’t know about this. Thank you.

    So, if that happened before… Maybe Mara could win the Oscar next year and next Beyoncé for “A star is Born”? Remember, at that time Barbra Streisand was a star before started her film career with her success in Broadway, but again good comparations.

  • 30 6-21-2011 at 3:16 pm

    Thizi Know said...

    Actually, most of these “invitees” are accepted after they fill out an application, get sponsorship from other members, provide their resumes, and pay a fee to the Academy just to be considered. So it’s a “who you know” situation.

    Oscar nominees and winners are automatically considered for entrance in the year that they are nominated, but the Academy and their various branches do not have a policy (oddly enough) of automatically accepting winners. So you can’t assume someone has been asked, just because they’ve been nominated or won. Shockingly, you can win an Oscar but not ever be able to vote for Oscars, believe it or not. Just ask Jon Landau who won an Oscar for Titanic and still didn’t get in until last year’s Avatar came out.