Academy invites 135 new members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its annual list of actors and filmmakers who have been invited to join its ranks. And as usual, it’s a combination of recent nominees (Jeremy Renner, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo’Nique, Christoph Waltz), people you’d assume were already members (Peter Riegert, Titanic producer Jon Landau), and some real wild cards (Bono, the Edge, and Saw star Tobin Bell). Considering that Michelle Williams wasn’t invited to join after being nominated for Brokeback Mountain in 2006, I find it interesting (and admittedly kind of cool) that Precious star Gabourey Sidibe is being offered membership after making only one movie.

The full list of new invitees is after the jump.

Actors
Tobin Bell – “Saw,” “The Firm”
Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air,” “The Departed”
Miguel Ferrer – “Traffic,” “RoboCop”
James Gandolfini – “In the Loop,” “Get Shorty”
Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air,” “Twilight”
Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Phat Girlz”
Carey Mulligan – “An Education,” “Public Enemies”
Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker,” “28 Weeks Later”
Ryan Reynolds – “The Proposal,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
LaTanya Richardson Jackson – “Mother and Child,” “Losing Isaiah”
Peter Riegert – “Traffic,” “Crossing Delancey”
Sam Robards – “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “American Beauty”
Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones,” “Atonement”
Zoe Saldana – “Avatar,” “Star Trek”
Adam Sandler – “Funny People,” “Punch-Drunk Love”
Peter Sarsgaard – “An Education,” “Boys Don’t Cry”
Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Shaun Toub – “Iron Man,” “The Kite Runner”
Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”
George Wyner – “A Serious Man,” “American Pie 2”

Animators
Ken Bielenberg – “Monsters vs Aliens,” “Shrek”
Peter de Seve – “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Ratatouille”
Steve Hickner – “Bee Movie,” “The Prince of Egypt”
Angus MacLane – “Toy Story 3,” “WALL-E”
Darragh O’Connell – “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” “Give Up Yer Aul Sins”
Simon Otto – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda”
Bob Pauley – “Toy Story 3,” “Monsters, Inc.”
Willem Thijssen – “The Aroma of Tea,” “A Greek Tragedy”

Art Directors
Kim Sinclair – “Avatar,” “Cast Away”
Dave Warren – “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary”

At-Large
Darcy Antonellis
John Lowry

Casting Directors
Laura Rosenthal – “The Messenger,” “I’m Not There”

Cinematographers
Barry Ackroyd – “The Hurt Locker,” “United 93”
Christian Berger – “The White Ribbon,” “Cache”
Hagen Bogdanski – “The Young Victoria,” “The Lives of Others”
Shane Hurlbut – “Terminator Salvation,” “We Are Marshall”
Tom Hurwitz – “Valentino The Last Emperor,” “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib”
Dan Mindel – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Tobias Schliessler – “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Hancock”
Stephen Windon – “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “House of Wax”
Robert Yeoman – “Get Him to the Greek,” “The Squid and the Whale”

Costume Designers
Catherine Leterrier – “Coco before Chanel,” “Avenue Montaigne”
Janet Patterson – “Bright Star,” “The Piano”

Directors
Jacques Audiard – “A Prophet,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”
Juan Jose Campanella – “The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Son of the Bride”
Lee Daniels – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Shadowboxer”
Claudia Llosa – “The Milk of Sorrow,” “Madeinusa”
Lone Scherfig – “An Education,” “Italian for Beginners”
Adam Shankman – “Bedtime Stories,” “Hairspray”

Documentary
Nancy Baker – “Rehearsing a Dream,” “Born into Brothels”
Rick Goldsmith – “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” “Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press”
Davis Guggenheim – “It Might Get Loud,” “An Inconvenient Truth”
Tia Lessin – “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Trouble the Water”
Cara Mertes – “The Betrayal,” “My Country, My Country”
Frazer Pennebaker – “Al Franken: God Spoke,” “The War Room”
Julia Reichert – “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” “Seeing Red”
Morgan Spurlock – “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?,” “Super Size Me”

Executives
Christopher W. Aronson
Jim Berk
Philippe Dauman
Sheila DeLoach
Donald Peter Granger
Nathan Kahane
Andrew Karpen
Ryan Kavanaugh
David Kosse
David Andrew Spitz
Emma Watts

Film Editors
Robert Frazen – “Synecdoche, New York,” “Smart People”
Dana E. Glauberman – “Up in the Air,” “Thank You for Smoking”
Joe Klotz – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Grace Is Gone”
Bob Murawski – “The Hurt Locker,” “Spider-Man”
John Refoua – “Avatar,” “Reno 911!: Miami”

Live Action Short Films
Joachim Back – “The New Tenants”
Gregg Helvey – “Kavi,” “The Knife Grinder’s Tale”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Kris Evans – “X-Men The Last Stand,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Jane Galli – “Knight and Day,” “3:10 to Yuma”
Mindy Hall – “Star Trek,” “World Trade Center”
Joel Harlow – “Star Trek,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
Jenny Shircore – “The Young Victoria,” “Elizabeth”

Music
Christophe Beck – “The Hangover,” “Bring It On”
Bono – “Gangs of New York,” “In the Name of the Father”
T Bone Burnett – “Crazy Heart,” “Cold Mountain”
The Edge – “Gangs of New York,” “GoldenEye”
Brian Tyler – “Fast & Furious,” “Aliens vs. Predator Requiem”

Producers
Stephanie Allain – “Black Snake Moan,” “Hustle & Flow”
Gregory Jacobs – “The Informant!,” “The Good German”
Jon Landau – “Avatar,” “Titanic”
Marc Turtletaub – “Away We Go,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Glenn Williamson – “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Hollywoodland”

Production Designers
Kirk M. Pertruccelli – “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Patriot”
Edward S. Verreaux – “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Jurassic Park III”

Public Relations
Dwight Caines
Suzanne M. Cole
Tommy Gargotta
Sophie Gluck
Josh Greenstein
Pamela Levine
Wendy Lightbourn
Michele Robertson
Tony Sella

Set Decorators
Maggie Gray – “The Young Victoria,” “Ella Enchanted”
Douglas A. Mowat – “Role Models,” “The Sixth Sense”
Caroline Smith – “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” “Match Point”

Sound
Frank Eulner – “Iron Man 2,” “Hellboy”
Adam Jenkins – “I Love You, Man,” “Crash”
Tony Lamberti – “Inglourious Basterds,” “Sideways”
Dennis Leonard – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “The Polar Express”
Tom Myers – “Up,” “WALL-E”
Paul N.J. Ottosson – “The Hurt Locker,” “Spider-Man 3”
Resul Pookutty – “Ghajini,” “Slumdog Millionaire”
Gary A. Rizzo – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Dark Knight”
Michael Silvers – “Up,” “Ratatouille”
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle – “Avatar,” “The Simpsons Movie”

Visual Effects
Matt Aitken – “District 9,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Karen Ansel – “Angels & Demons,” “Men in Black II”
Richard Baneham – “Avatar,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
Eric Barba – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Zodiac”
Paul Debevec – “Avatar,” “King Kong”
Russell Earl – “Star Trek,” “Transformers”
Steve Galich – “Date Night,” “Transformers”
Andrew R. Jones – “Avatar,” “I, Robot”
Dan Kaufman – “District 9,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”
Derek Spears – “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “Superman Returns”
Steve Sullivan – “Avatar,” “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith”
Michael J. Wassel – “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “The Bourne Identity”

Writers
Neill Blomkamp – “District 9”
Mark Boal – “The Hurt Locker,” “In the Valley of Elah”
Geoffrey Fletcher – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Nick Hornby – “An Education,” “Fever Pitch”
Alex Kurtzman – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Tom McCarthy – “Up,” “The Visitor”
Roberto Orci – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Terri Tatchell – “District 9”


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  • GoMe!

    I like all these picks! I hope Sandra Bullock was already member though…

    • Susan

      I would like to know why Sean Penn is still not a member of the Academy? Can someone please explain this mystery to me? The man has two Oscars and is one of the best actors of our generation. Why does the Academy continue to not invite him to be a member of the Academy? Someone in the Academy or Mr. Karger needs to explain this horrible oversight to me. Thank you.

  • AH

    Does anyone actually turn down membership? Or is the list pre-vetted to ensure people are willing to join? It’s possible that a late-in-career invitee might be miffed that the Academy waited so long and says “no thanks”. Or is turning down membership not an issue at all?

    • Zach

      Why would anyone turn it down? At worst, actors like Brando and George C. Scott were undoubtedly members who just didn’t fill out their ballots.

      • chattypatra

        I may be mistaken, but I believe that Viggo Mortensen did turn down membership when it was offered.

      • Zach

        Oh, that does ring a bell.

  • Me

    I hope Michelle has been made a member by now. If not, it seems ridiculous that some of these people have been invited!

  • Kelsey

    Adam Sandler? Ryan Reynolds? OK.
    And yeah, Michelle Williams not getting an invite when she’d actually been nominated was pretty galling. And actually, Ronan was nominated for Atonement a couple of years ago; you’d think she’d have gotten an offer before now.

    • Belle

      Michelle not being invited when she was nominated for Brokeback was a travesty! Seriously! Sharon Stone gets nominated for one great performance in Casino she gets invited. Michelle has always turned in a superb performance movie after movie. Gaby was amazing in Precious but that was her only performance. Michelle had made plenty of films and zilch. So lets hope she already is a member.

    • Zach

      I’m of the opinion anyone talented/lucky/both enough to get nominated even once should be automatically promoted to lifetime membership status – once a nominee, always a nominee, so why not a member? No offense to Ryan Reynolds as he’s perfectly likable and on a roll now, but Michelle Williams seems more likely to get a second nomination before Ryan ever gets a first. Good thing she is a member now, because she’s certainly done enough high-profile films with other winners and nominees to deserve a ballot.

  • freckles

    I always thought that a nomination would automatically make you a member of the academy. i guess not.

  • freckles

    In addition… i have to agree with commenters above, Michelle Williams not in Academy yet Gabby Sidibide is? This surprises me, because at present, Gabby is really a one hit wonder and we have yet to see her grow (not trying to insult here.. just feel its not her time yet). whereas Michelle does have a decent resume. Was her nomination not good enough for the Academy?

    • GoMe!

      Hold your horses. Michelle is in the academy. He’s just saying that Michelle wasn’t invited right after her nomination for Brokeback Mountain…but she was invited later. So all’s cool now!

    • Amy

      Agreed!

  • walrus

    Rob Schneider make it yet? That’s one for Adam Sandler to rub in.

  • josh

    The only reason they asked Gabby Sidibide is because she is black and obese if she was thin like Zoey Saldana she wouldn’t have been asked……

    • Will

      …except Zoe Saldana was asked…

    • Team

      oh josh. you gabby haters need to get over yourself…

    • Bill

      Josh, you’re so right. I’m sure everybody is as sick as you are of the easy ride that obese black people get in society. Please.

  • Courtney

    Is there a complete list of Academy members? I’d be interested in taking a look…

    • Lady Wawa

      There are 6000 members in the Academy. And while they now announce their invitees every year, it is not published anywhere publicly.

  • Brett

    What, in the love fest for “Precious,” no nomination for Mariah Carey? She grew facial hair and bound down her boobs to play the part. C’mon now!

  • petek

    i love how the same guy who edited RENO 911!:MIAMI edited AVATAR. that makes lots of sense.

  • mohcul

    I don´t know how actor like Adam Sandler gets to be invited to join the Academy but Michelle Williams doesn´t

  • Barry

    Bono & the Edge? Give me a break.

  • Glam

    Nine new members from Public Relations? Really? That has nothing to to with movie making.

    Why not invite members that work in cinemas? Or just watch movies?

  • josh

    Doesn’t anyone remember how Jennifer Hudson kept saying how she loved her body and curves and was not going to lose weight to please hollywood and now she is a spokesman for a diet company. Please if Gabby was weight everyone would be calling her obese and a fat pig but since she is not the media dances around as to not offend her. If she was sitting next to me on a plane I would make sure she understood that if one inch of that fat crept over into my seat I would file a restraining order against her that she was trying to crush me to death…….

    • Jack

      Something tells me the two of you wouldn’t be sitting in the same section on a plane…

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