Motion Picture Academy invites 178 new members, including Russell Brand, Jesse Eisenberg, and Beyonce Knowles

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its annual list of invited new members, and it’s clear they’re continuing to try to make their membership younger. On the list alongside veterans like John Hawkes and David Duchovny are a slew of twentysomethings, including Mia Wasikowska, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rooney Mara. (For those of you who have asked in the comments about how invitees are selected: AMPAS’ membership committee looks at performers’ and filmmakers’ bodies of work in determining whether or not they are worthy of membership; it’s not automatically bestowed on each year’s nominees.) The Board of Governors also decided to extend an invitation to Restrepo codirector Tim Hetherington, the first time Academy membership has been bestowed posthumously. As a side note, it’s also a hoot to now say the phrase Oscar voter Russell Brand. Check out the entire list below.

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)
Beyoncé 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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  • Dee Jones

    What are the requirements to be a member? I guess you don`t have to have been nominated or won, right? Don`t let me be a member, I`d vote for myself if nominated and my friends, even if my performance or theirs weren`t the best.

    • Liz Lemon

      Clearly not if Russell Brand is now a member.

  • Sandy D

    Interesting. Hmm. I’m less impressed than you are Dave by the Brand invitation. Some of these make sense to me; some of them don’t. But I guess that is par for the course. I always imagined the Academy membership to be a little more exclusive and rarefied than this. But I guess any old average schmo with a SAG card will do.

  • Marten

    GO DINKLAGE! Russell Brand doesn’t deserve to be there, but I guess he’s a “big enough” celebrity you could invite him. But Peter Dinklage has honestly had more success on tv than film, but I’m still happy to see his name there.

    • Ava

      I was way excited about Peter Dinklage too.

  • Jeremy

    Really Beyonce? She can’t act worth for sh*t.

    • Baron

      Clearly the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would disagree with you – she nabbed a Best Actress nod for Dreamgirls. She’s not the best actress out there, I’ll admit, but I’ve seen worse.

      • HD

        Ye$ Beyonce wa$ very de$erving of her nomination. Does anyone not remember how the Academy booted her from the nominees for Listen when the only thing she contributed was a “yeah, yeah”. What a joke!

      • John

        Like holy crap, one film. Does a “scene stealing” cameo count too? Beyonce accepted into the AMPAS speaks of the mediocrity this nation has accepted.

      • Liz Lemon

        WOW! They acccepted Russell Brand and you guys are hating on Beyonce. A performer with legitimate talent, even if it’s not in film.

      • HD

        @Liz Lemon, you’re right. I can’t take any of it seriously anymore.

      • 2

        She has never been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress. You might be thinking of the Golden Globes where almost anyone who was in a musical will be nominated. She was the weakest part of Dreamgirls. Her role thankfully was pretty small. Even her singing was only ok.

      • Miss Talk

        Baron talked about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association so yes he was talking about the Golden Globes. Stop being infatuated with hate and read what is written.

    • Ms. Chanandler Bong

      Word. It must’ve been her convincing work in Obbsessed

      • Baron

        It doesn’t really matter what anyone on this board thinks, including myself – she’s a prominent member of the entertainment community, they’ve offered her membership and you can be damn sure she’s going to accept.

    • KoolMovieLover

      The negative “haters” against Beyonce show that they CLEARLY know nothing about acting, and film. Check her filmography at, AND see 2 of her best performances in “Cadillac Records” and “Carmen; A Hip Hopera” then we can talk. Her talents include being a Producer on 2 films. The Oscars NEEDS a more diverse (young, Black, foreign) voting panel in ALL categories. Glad to see they’re FINALLY doing something about it.

  • claudenorth

    Still waiting for my invite…

  • Clete

    Why aren’t Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd members? They have contributed as much, if not more than some of newly elected members.

  • Liz Lemon

    I wonder why Ellen Page is just now being added? She was nominated for Juno back in 2008.

    • Jessica

      That is the first thing I’ve noticed. Ellen Page has been getting critical acclaim for years and she’s invited to be a member at the same time as Russell Brand? What a random list of actors.

  • mary

    my question is for those that are included in different branches… when you vote, especially for the more technical awards, do you have to stay in your particular branch? Or does the entire academy vote for all the categories? It would be interesting to see how this all breaks down. Do writers only vote for the writers categories, and visa versa for directors?. I guess I never really gave it much thought until now.

  • zozo

    Good to see Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Ellen Page and Rooney Mara. All very fine, interesting actors. New blood (in this case) is very encouraging and gives me hope that the nomination process will be even more quality driven than last year.

    • Bette

      The tide is about to turn, and this is a good thing. Yes !

    • Huffy

      Their nominations have nothing to do with talent and everything to do with press. Aside from Dinkage all of those actors are popular (or about to be in the case of Mara). I mean Beyonce? Are you kidding me?

  • Woot

    I hope Roony Mara gets nominated for “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” so she can be like, “Whaddup b*tches! Votin’ fo myself!” (this is how I imagine she would talk.)

  • mexipino

    very few people of color. SSDD

    • Halle Berry

      Spike Lee is that you?

    • Liz Lemon

      True, but nothing new about that.

  • John

    Questionable invitees:
    Russel Brand

    Need to prove it more besides one film:
    Rooney Mara
    Jennifer Lawrence

    • dee


    • Enuff

      It’s about the body of work. Russell Brand has authored 2 books, acted in several movies including The Tempest, hosted several major award shows, hosted British TV Shows, has done radio work for years. He absolutely does deserve this.

  • Kathy

    I thought you at least had to be nominated or was in a nominated film to be invited .I mean are you really going to give Russel Brand,Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler a vote even thought they haven’t been in a movie with any Oscars nominations.

    • britt

      exactly! As much as I like these men,I don’t really see them as having experienced knowledge, since they’ve only now just blown up. I think adding them is jumping the gun just a little bit.

  • whatever

    Yes,and what ms. Beyonce doing there?
    oscar getting lame and lamer every year.

  • Mario

    Beyonce and Russell Brand are they serious??? What about Carrie Mulligan or Neve Campbell (not sure if they are already members). Russell Brand sucks.

    • john williams

      Carey Mulligan joined in 2010, not sure about Neve Campbell.

    • Enuff

      I think Russell Brand is great. Your opinion is just your opinion. And as stated in the article, it’s about the artist’s body of work. Russell Brand has been in several movies including The Tempest, has done stand-up for well over a decade, has hosted several major award shows, has hosted several TV shows in the UK, has written two books, has written articles, has hosted radio shows for several years. Just because you may be ignorant of his many and varied talents, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. He is very talented and deserves this.

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