BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:


  • Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno”
  • Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface”
  • Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City”
  • Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved”
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid”
  • Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town”
  • Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator”
  • Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl”
  • Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,” “Chaplin”
  • Lucy Liu – “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “Chicago”
  • Jennifer Lopez – “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Selena”
  • Alma Martinez – “Born in East L.A.,” “Under Fire”
  • Emily Mortimer – “Hugo,” “Lars and the Real Girl”
  • Sandra Oh – “Rabbit Hole,” “Sideways”
  • Paula Patton – “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Michael Peña – “End of Watch,” “Crash”
  • Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour,” “Hiroshima, Mon Amour”
  • Jason Schwartzman – “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Rushmore”
  • Geno Silva – “Mulholland Drive,” “Amistad”
  • Danny Trejo – “Machete,” “Heat”
  • Chris Tucker – “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Rush Hour”


  • Luca Bigazzi – “This Must Be the Place,” “Certified Copy”
  • Benoît Delhomme – “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” “The Proposition”
  • Simon Duggan – “The Great Gatsby,” “Killer Elite”
  • Greig Fraser – “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”
  • Jonathan Freeman – “Remember Me,” “Fifty Dead Men Walking”
  • Greg Gardiner – “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Elf”
  • Eric Gautier – “Into the Wild,” “The Motorcycle Diaries”
  • Agnès Godard – “Sister,” “Beau Travail”
  • Eduard Grau – “Buried,” “A Single Man”
  • Jess Hall – “The Spectacular Now,” “Brideshead Revisited”
  • Fred Kelemen – “The Turin Horse,” “The Man from London”
  • Mark Lee Ping Bing – “Norwegian Wood,” “In the Mood for Love”
  • Reed Morano – “Little Birds,” “Frozen River”
  • Oleg Mutu – “Beyond the Hills,” “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
  • Alex Nepomniaschy – “Narc,” “Safe”
  • Christian Sebaldt – “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” “Race to Space”
  • Ben Seresin – “World War Z,” “Unstoppable”
  • Adam Stone – “Mud,” “Take Shelter”
  • Checco Varese – “Girl in Progress,” “The Aura”
  • Ken Zunder – “Bending the Rules,” “That’s What I Am”

Costume Designers

  • Paco Delgado – “Les Misérables,” “Biutiful”
  • Sophie de Rakoff – “This Means War,” “Legally Blonde”
  • Carlo Poggioli – “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “Cold Mountain”


  • Lori Balton – “Argo,” “The Dark Knight Rises”
  • Judy Becker – “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Fighter”
  • Simon Bright – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Avatar”
  • Martin T. Charles – “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “The Artist”
  • David M. Crank – “The Master,” “Lincoln”
  • Stefan Paul Dechant – “Oz The Great and Powerful,” “True Grit”
  • Tracey A. Doyle – “The Muppets,” “21”
  • Anna Lynch-Robinson – “Les Misérables,” “An Education”
  • Maria Nay – “Identity Thief,” “Ray”
  • David Smith – “Crazy, Stupid, Love.,” “The Holiday”


  • Nikolaj Arcel – “A Royal Affair,” “Truth about Men”
  • Ava DuVernay* – “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow”
  • Paul Feig – “The Heat,” “Bridesmaids”
  • Catherine Hardwicke – “Twilight,” “Thirteen”
  • Kirk Jones – “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Waking Ned Devine”
  • Ken Kwapis – “Big Miracle,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”
  • Pablo Larraín – “No,” “Tony Manero”
  • Steve McQueen – “Shame,” “Hunger”
  • Kim Nguyen – “War Witch (Rebelle),” “City of Shadows”
  • Jafar Panahi* – “This Is Not a Film,” “The Circle”
  • Todd Phillips – “The Hangover,” “Old School”
  • Joachim Rønning – “Kon-Tiki,” “Max Manus”
  • Espen Sandberg – “Kon-Tiki,” “Max Manus”
  • Tim Story – “Think Like a Man,” “Fantastic Four”
  • Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Glory at Sea”


  • Orlando Bagwell – “Citizen King,” “Malcolm X: Make It Plain”
  • Rebecca Cammisa – “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” “Which Way Home”
  • Yung Chang – “China Heavyweight,” “Up the Yangtze”
  • Michael Chin – “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple,” “In the Shadow of the Stars”
  • Christine Choy – “In the Name of the Emperor,” “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”
  • Bonni Cohen – “The Island President,” “Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic”
  • Eduardo Coutinho – “As Canções,” “Cabra Marcado Para Morrer (Twenty Years Later)”
  • Miriam Cutler – “Kings Point,” “Ethel”
  • Andrea Nix Fine – “Inocente,” “War/Dance”
  • Sean Fine – “Inocente,” “War/Dance”
  • Robert Frank – “Cocksucker Blues,” “Pull My Daisy”
  • William Greaves – “Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey,” “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One”
  • Lauren Greenfield – “The Queen of Versailles,” “Thin”
  • Patricio Guzmán – “Nostalgia for the Light,” “The Battle of Chile”
  • Vivien Hillgrove – “Symphony of the Soil,” “In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee”
  • Heddy Honigmann – “El Olvido (Oblivion),” “Crazy”
  • Vikram Jayanti – “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector,” “Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine”
  • Peter Kinoy – “Poverty Outlaw,” “When the Mountains Tremble”
  • Claude Lanzmann – “Le Rapport Karski (The Karski Report),” “Shoah”
  • Kim Longinotto – “Rough Aunties,” “Sisters in Law”
  • Stanley Nelson – “Freedom Riders,” “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple”
  • Jehane Noujaim – “Control Room,” “”
  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – “Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret,” “Saving Face”
  • Marcel Ophuls – “Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie,” “The Sorrow and the Pity”
  • José Padilha – “Secrets of the Tribe,” “Bus 174 (Ônibus 174)”
  • Jafar Panahi* – “This Is Not a Film,” “The Circle”
  • Elise Pearlstein – “Last Call at the Oasis,” “Food, Inc.”
  • Raoul Peck – “Fatal Assistance (Assistance Mortelle),” “Lumumba: La Mort du Prophète”
  • Kevin Rafferty – “Harvard Beats Yale 29-29,” “The Atomic Cafe”
  • J. Ralph* – “Chasing Ice,” “Man on Wire”
  • Bob Richman – “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” “Waiting for ‘Superman'”
  • T. Woody Richman – “How to Survive a Plague,” “Fahrenheit 9/11”
  • Veronica Selver – “Berkeley in the Sixties,” “You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South”
  • Jon Shenk – “The Island President,” “Lost Boys of Sudan”
  • Ricki Stern – “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” “The Devil Came on Horseback”
  • Robert Stone – “Earth Days,” “Radio Bikini”
  • Annie Sundberg – “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” “The Devil Came on Horseback”
  • Renee Tajima-Pena – “Who Killed Vincent Chin?,” “My America (Or Honk If You Love Buddha)”
  • Agnès Varda – “The Beaches of Agnès,” “The Gleaners and I”
  • Roger Ross Williams – “God Loves Uganda,” “Music by Prudence”
  • Pamela Yates – “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator,” “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court”
  • Amy Ziering – “The Invisible War,” “Derrida”


  • Holly Bario
  • Jeb Brody
  • Eric d’Arbeloff
  • Dean C. Hallett
  • Lynn Harris
  • Jeff Ivers
  • Jonathan King
  • Robert Kirby
  • Dylan Leiner
  • Nick Meyer
  • Andrew Millstein
  • Hannah Minghella
  • Angela Morrison
  • Brian Roberts
  • Mark Roybal
  • Tucker Tooley
  • Kevin Tsujihara

Film Editors

  • Michael Berenbaum – “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Sex and the City”
  • Jeff Freeman – “Ted,” “Cruel Intentions”
  • James Haygood – “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Fight Club”
  • Stuart Levy – “Savages,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
  • Mary Jo Markey – “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Super 8”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists

  • Luisa Abel – “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception”
  • Anne Aulenta-Spira – “The Place beyond the Pines,” “Drive”
  • Terry Baliel – “The Dark Knight Rises,” “J. Edgar”
  • Thomas Floutz – “The Call,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
  • Kay Georgiou – “Promised Land,” “Lincoln”
  • Bernadette Mazur – “Men in Black 3,” “The Campaign”
  • Kim Santantonio – “Gangster Squad,” “Frost/Nixon”
  • Lisa Tomblin – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”
  • Kelvin R. Trahan – “Argo,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”
  • Lisa Westcott – “Les Misérables,” “Shakespeare in Love”


  • Victoria Alonso
  • Fred Baron
  • Ben Bray
  • Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Jackie Burch
  • Leo Davis
  • Susie Figgis
  • Lori Furie
  • Glenn S. Gainor
  • Joe Gareri
  • Lance Gilbert
  • Andy Gill
  • Mindy Marin
  • Laray Mayfield
  • Jeanne McCarthy
  • Neil Meron
  • Gary Powell
  • Ned Price
  • Michelle Satter
  • Stefan Sonnenfeld
  • Cindy Tolan
  • Brent Woolsey


  • Ramiro Belgardt – “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Lincoln”
  • Ramin Djawadi – “Safe House,” “Iron Man”
  • Jennifer Dunnington – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hugo”
  • Siedah Garrett – “Rio,” “Dreamgirls”
  • Joe Hisaishi – “Ponyo,” “Spirited Away”
  • Henry Jackman – “This Is the End,” “Wreck-It Ralph”
  • Cliff Martinez – “Drive,” “Traffic”
  • Prince – “Purple Rain,” “Happy Feet”
  • J. Ralph* – “Chasing Ice,” “Man on Wire”
  • Aaron Lael Zigman – “Peeples,” “Sex and the City”


  • Stefan Arndt – “Amour,” “The White Ribbon”
  • Jason Blum – “The Purge,” “Paranormal Activity”
  • Finola Dwyer – “Quartet,” “An Education”
  • Jack Giarraputo – “Anger Management,” “The Wedding Singer”
  • Veit Heiduschka – “Amour,” “The White Ribbon”
  • Lloyd Levin – “Green Zone,” “Watchmen”
  • Julie Lynn – “Albert Nobbs,” “Nine Lives”
  • Margaret Menegoz – “Amour,” “The White Ribbon”
  • Andrea Sperling – “Smashed,” “Like Crazy”

Public Relations

  • Rachel Cadden
  • Theresa Cross
  • Jeff S. Elefterion
  • Julie Fontaine
  • Jackson George
  • Anne Globe
  • Michael Lawson
  • Dennis O’Connor
  • Blair Rich
  • John G. Sabel

Short Films and Feature Animation

  • Marc Bertrand – “Gloria Victoria,” “Hollow Land”
  • Bryan Buckley – “Asad,” “The Wake-Up Caller”
  • Shawn Christensen – “Curfew,” “Brink”
  • Eric Darnell – “Madagascar,” “Shrek”
  • John C. Donkin – “Ice Age Continental Drift,” “Gone Nutty”
  • Ken Duncan – “9,” “Shark Tale”
  • Danielle Feinberg – “Brave,” “WALL-E”
  • Sam Fell – “ParaNorman,” “The Tale of Despereaux”
  • Matt Groening – “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,'” “The Simpsons Movie”
  • Vicky Jenson – “Shark Tale,” “Shrek”
  • Travis Knight – “ParaNorman,” “Coraline”
  • Steve May – “Brave,” “Up”
  • Rich Moore – “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
  • Robert Neuman – “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Tangled”
  • Brandon Oldenburg – “Rise of the Guardians,” “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
  • PES – “Fresh Guacamole,” “Western Spaghetti”
  • Steve Pilcher – “Brave,” “Shrek the Third”
  • Normand Roger – “Hollow Land,” “The Banquet of the Concubine”
  • Clark Spencer – “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt”


  • Bobbi Banks – “The Call,” “Hustle & Flow”
  • Jose Antonio Garcia – “Argo,” “Babel”
  • Simon Hayes – “Les Misérables,” “X-Men: First Class”
  • Edward J. Hernandez – “Real Steel,” “Basic Instinct”
  • Daniel S. Irwin – “Prometheus,” “Little Children”
  • Drew Kunin – “Life of Pi,” “Lost in Translation”
  • Michael W. Mitchell – “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Matrix Reloaded”
  • Tom Ozanich – “Project X,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 2”
  • Mark Paterson – “Les Misérables,” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
  • Richard Pryke – “127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • Erin Michael Rettig – “A Good Day to Die Hard,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
  • Ann Scibelli – “Prometheus,” “Inglourious Basterds”
  • Brian T. Slack – “Chéri,” “Crossover”
  • Bruce Tanis – “Gangster Squad,” “X-Men: First Class”
  • F. Elmo Weber – “Identity Thief,” “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Christopher T. Welch – “Silver Linings Playbook,” “(500) Days of Summer”
  • Dave Whitehead – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “District 9”
  • Stuart Wilson – “Skyfall,” “War Horse”

Visual Effects

  • Jason Bayever – “Life of Pi,” “The Wolfman”
  • Mark Breakspear – “The Great Gatsby,” “Tropic Thunder”
  • Philip Brennan – “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Minority Report”
  • Tony Clark – “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
  • David Clayton – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Avatar”
  • Michael Dawson – “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Devil’s Double”
  • Erik-Jan De Boer – “Life of Pi,” “Night at the Museum”
  • Donald R. Elliott – “Life of Pi,” “Seabiscuit”
  • John Goodson – “Red Tails,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”
  • Charley Henley – “Prometheus,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
  • John McLeod – “Django Unchained,” “The Aviator”
  • Mark Noel – “Oz The Great and Powerful,” “Transformers”
  • David Prescott – “Transformers,” “X-Men”
  • Guillaume Rocheron – “Life of Pi,” “Sucker Punch”
  • Wendy Rogers – “Puss in Boots,” “Shrek”
  • David Alexander Smith – “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Matrix Reloaded”
  • Wayne Stables – “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Avatar”
  • Richard Stammers – “Prometheus,” “Angels & Demons”
  • Richard Stutsman – “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Independence Day”
  • Christopher Townsend – “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Day after Tomorrow”
  • Stephan Trojansky – “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Hereafter”
  • David Watkins – “Ali,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
  • Jeff White – “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
  • Trevor Wood – “Prometheus,” “The Golden Compass”


  • Jessica Bendinger – “Aquamarine,” “Bring It On”
  • Reggie Rock Bythewood – “Notorious,” “Get on the Bus”
  • Tina Gordon Chism – “Peeples,” “Drumline”
  • Julie Delpy – “Before Midnight,” “2 Days in Paris”
  • Lena Dunham – “Nobody Walks,” “Tiny Furniture”
  • Ava DuVernay* – “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will Follow”
  • John Gatins – “Flight,” “Coach Carter”
  • John Hamburg – “I Love You, Man,” “Meet the Parents”
  • John Lee Hancock – “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Blind Side”
  • Rian Johnson – “Looper,” “Brick”
  • Jeff Nichols – “Mud,” “Take Shelter”
  • Sarah Polley – “Take This Waltz,” “Away from Her”
  • Chris Terrio – “Argo,” “Heights”


  • Lorrie Bartlett
  • Paul Bronfman
  • Markham L. Goldstein
  • Robert Harvey
  • Gregory S. Laemmle
  • Sandra Marsh
  • Adam Schweitzer
  • Kimberly Snyder
  • Matthew L. Snyder
  • Les Zellan

Three individuals (noted above by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches. These individuals must select one branch upon accepting membership.

Each year Academy members may sponsor one candidate for membership within their branch. New member application reviews take place in the spring. Applications for the coming year must be received by March 20, 2014.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

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  • kirenaj

    I think too much about the Oscars.

    I was about to go to sleep last night when I started wondering if it wasn’t time for the academy to invite new members soon. I turned on my computer and found out that last year the announcement was on the last friday in june, and so I figured that the new announcement would be today. I was right, and I also feel kind of sad now…

  • Armando

    20+ years after taking home the Oscar: Prince

  • Alan of Montreal

    Nice to see so many people of colour added this year, particularly in the acting branch. They also appear to have invited a lot of documentary filmmakers this year–guess they really want to make a change to the system. Nice to see some real newbies in the director’s list, too, such as Ava Duvernay and Kim Nguyen. Why does the former have an asterisk beside her name, though? Is it because she was invited to two different branches?

  • Emmanuelle Riva
    Benoit Delhomme
    Eric Gautier
    Agnes Godard
    Fred Kelemen
    Lee Ping Bin
    Ava DuVernay
    Steve McQueen
    Kim Nguyen
    Jafar Panahi
    Claude Lanzmann
    Jehane Noujaim
    Marcel Ophuls
    Agnes Varda
    Lisa Tomblin
    Jo Hisaishi
    Stefan Arndt
    Veit Heiduschka
    Margaret Menegoz
    Julie Delpy
    Sarah Polley

    The only depressing thing about this is how on Earth these people haven’t been members since like forever.

  • Oh, and Sandra Oh.

    And William Greaves.

    I’m #alloverthis

  • Jpns Viewer

    “Actor: (Korean Canadian) Sandra OH”. “Music: (Japanese) Joe HISAISHI, and (American) Prince”.

    I guess the Academy fancy operating on slow but sure basis lol. Here’s your sign. . . .

    Especially in case of both Hisaishi, and the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince. . . .

    (Love Prince. Genius in every bit.)

    Congrats to all invited. You’ve all earned it I believe.

  • So Jennifer Lawrence was already an Academy member last year and legendary Emmanuelle Riva was not.

    What if Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar over Emmanuelle Riva last year by one single ballot vote.

    That’s not a question. I believe that’s what happened.

  • Imagine!

    Well, if that was the case, they would have announced a draw. As long as it’s within three, it’s officially a draw, I believe. But had it been a lead of four, yeh, what a bummer. Dunno if Emmanuelle Riva would have voted for herself tho.

    Sure that was what happened when Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied. The Academy invited Barbra to join that year, despite not yet having starred in a film, and she won for her debut role, tying with Katharine. Maybe had she not been invited, Katharine might have won outright.

  • Hooray for Jo Hisaishi! Fucking mint!

  • Dunno if Emmanuelle Riva would have voted for herself tho.

    Everybody on your list of ‘About Damn Time’ would have voted for Emmanuelle Riva.

  • Jpns Viewer


  • Maybe had she not been invited, Katharine might have won outright.

    That’s always been my suspicion. I said that once on a podcast.

  • Marcel Ophuls officially will never watch Silver Linings Playbook.

  • David

    Sarah Polley. Yahooo…

  • steve50

    Riva must be over the moon for this to occur so early in her career. Now the door to all sorts of parts will be open to her.

    Her first thought when receiving the news?:
    “Est-ce que cela signifie que je dois prendre un avion maudit à nouveau?”
    Does this mean I have to get on a damn plane again?

    (pretty good list, actually)

  • I would have thought J.Lo was in before now. And the Prince thing. I always think winning automatically gets you in. IDK.

    Has anyone been keeping these lists in a database somewhere? Everyone always wants to know the makeup of the Academy. I was wondering if someone was actually trying to get some real numbers.

  • Arlo

    Lawrence was nominated before, so she was invited. Riva was never nominated before so that makes sense in this case.

  • Nonsense. Was it last year or the year before that Jon Landau, the Oscar-winning producer of Titanic and Avatar was finally asked to join the Academy? Whereas Russell Brand never even had to be in contention for a nomination to be invited to join. The Academy had every fucking millisecond of its existence to invite Emmanuelle Riva. She’s older than AMPAS itself. And better.

  • Robert A.

    Actually, to have a vote declared a tie these days, two contenders must have the exact same number of votes. Back in the thirties they had the “within three votes rule,” but they changed that rule long ago. That’s what makes the Hepburn/Streisand tie so legendary. They tied with the exact same number of votes. Streisand had been admitted as a member of the Academy that year, before Funny Girl was even released, which supposedly caused a little controversy at the time. So Streisand got to vote in the year she won, and it’s safe to assume she voted for herself. If they hadn’t “bent the rules” a bit and let Streisand be a member so soon, she would have lost to Hepburn by one vote.

  • Russell Brand was an Academy member before anybody thought to invite Emmanuelle Riva. Never forget.

    Of course, it’s true that new invitee Jennifer Lopez has been nominated 7 times and won once. Or, wait, no, I’m thinking of the Razzies.

  • Bob Burns

    lotta guys

  • Antoinette, I thought someone with a blog had undertaken the project to compile a list of confirmed members but I can’t find the site now.

    Here’s something better — The LA Times has a database of approximately 1200 names of new members that have been publicly announced since 2004.

    Newcomers to the site might have missed the sad statistics uncovered by a team of reporters at the LAT in 2012.

    Oscar voters overwhelmingly white, male

    And there’s this interactive chart. Inside the Academy

  • Oh thank you. 🙂

    I tried looking up my two favorite actors Val Kilmer and Benicio Del Toro. Neither came up but they could have been in before. But I can’t take the winning thing for granted in Benicio’s case either I guess. My 3rd favorite actor Sean Bean got in last year, but he’s super white. lol

  • Jpns Viewer

    “Russell Brand was an Academy member before anybody thought to invite Emmanuelle Riva. Never forget.”

    Hilarious. [lol] Thanks for the reminder, Ryan. (I almost spilled my Sat [here] morning coffee.)

    Talking about never-forgets: this very same institute that we most of us have always held dear, in fact also extended the invitation to such rare talents of note as* Seth Rogen, Mike Cera and Tyler Perry, to name a few. Something that makes you go Hmm hmm hmm hmm. . . indeed. . . .

  • Cyrus

    So proud and happy for Jafar Panahi, my fellow countryman.

    What saddens me is that he will never get this multiple pronged invite above given that he is in the most notorious prison in Iran, namely Evin prison.

    Sending out a prayer and message of hope and freedom for Mr. Panahi one day.


  • Tony

    At least JLaw was an Oscar nominee before she was invited into the Academy. (Yes, I realize that is not a prerequisite for membership.) A lot of the newly invited actors are mediocre at best.

  • Hawkeye

    Milla Jovovich?!?! Wow, just wow. Having talent is obviously not a prerequisite. A couple of the directors are rather questionable too: Tim Story… Paul Feig…

    Oh man, seeing Terrio’s name here just brings back the bad memory of the Academy’s embarrassing moment of giving the Oscar to him instead of Kushner (who joined in 2006).

    Overall, aside from the few questionable choices, not a terrible list.

  • DBibby

    Does anyone else find it strange that Ava Duvernay is invited to join the director and writer branches, yet Sarah Polley, Rian Johnson and Jeff Nichols are writers only?

    So great reading the likes of Jafar Panahi, Agnes Varda, Steve McQueen and Prince (!) on this list

  • Maybe the branches agree not to compare notes? There was a lot of talk last year that Ava Duvernay could get a best original screenplay nomination. I’ll bet she was thisclose.

    Each branch might have to cap invites after filling a quota? And, to be fair, the AMPAS directors are still catching up with directors from the 1960s

  • It does seem odd given that those three are established talents in for the long run. Then again, I never understood the Academy.

  • Cliff Martinez is a solid addition, nearly all of his scores have been memorable.

  • Another curiosity — the writers branch invited Julie Delpy but the actors branch didn’t.

    The explanation could be simple enough: Writers are lonely guys?

  • BlueFox94

    Prince deserved his membership long ago.

    About Joe Hisaishi’s inclusion: FINALLY!
    Hisaishi, having done all the scores for Miyazaki and the 2008 Foreign Language Film winner “DEPARTURES”, deserves have a Score nomination, even win.

  • He ought to have won for at least both Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, and possibly Howl’s Moving Castle too.

  • Lol I’m still stuck in the ’30s…

  • Suzanne

    Julie Delpy was nominated 8 years ago and only invited this year.

  • Bryce Forestieri


  • Tony, I agree about the shocking mediocrity of the actors. Start with the first name — Jason Bateman — has he really been all that important to the movie industry that he “deserves” membership in the Academy? Jump down to the last one — Chris Tucker — and despite being in an Academy Award winning film, his repertoire isn’t all that glowing.

  • Chris Tucker, new Academy member
    Michael Fassbender, not an Academy member

  • Rob Y

    It took how many years for Charles Grodin to get into the Academy?

  • Javier

    I just love all this Riva love fest… You’re acting as if it was a travesty that she wasn’t invited ages ago, yet I’m sure that two years ago most of you didn’t even know who she was, or if you did,she was hardly one of your faves. Was she great in ‘Amour’? Yes, but enough with the JLaw bashing. She won the Oscar, she didn’t murder Riva.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    yet I’m sure that two years ago most of you didn’t even know who she was

    Really? no, really? The only thing that your comment suggest is that you didn’t which would explain the rest of you comment.


  • Zooey

    And the invitation comes 10 years after her Oscar nomination!

    Maybe they waited to see if they would make another film!

  • Zooey

    The actors are either WTF – haven’t they been invited already? or WTF? they have no place being Academy members.

    I can’t really understand how Rebecca Hall, Sandra Oh and Jason Schwartzman aren’t Oscar voters already. They have delivered terrific performances in films the Academy liked.

    And Jennifer Lopez a voter? Is Madonna already a voter in the actors’ branch? Tucker? Jovovich?

  • You’re acting as if it was a travesty that she wasn’t invited ages ago, yet I’m sure that two years ago most of you didn’t even know who she was

    In 1959, Emmanuelle Riva starred in Hiroshima Mon Amour, directed by Alain Resnais — who was nominated for a DGA award that year.

    The film was a sensation at Cannes and Riva was nominated for a BAFTA. The screenplay was nominated for an Oscar and Hiroshima Mon Amour won the New York Film Critics Award in 1960.

    In 1962, Hiroshima Mon Amour was #11 on the Sight & Sound poll of the Greatest Films of All Time. It’s placed high on the poll every decade since.

    It won the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and probably would have won the Palme d’Or if it had not been excluded from the main competition (in fear of angering America during the Cold War about the topic of nuclear bombs).

    Hiroshima Mon Amour is a monumental milestone in film history and Emmanuelle Riva is exquisite in it.

    Javier, Instead of projecting your own lack of knowledge onto readers of this site who know a little more about film legends than you do, you should take time to watch more movies like Hiroshima Mon Amour instead of, say, X-Men First Class.

  • Luke

    Are you guys ever happy?

  • Bryce Forestieri

    huge smile on my face right now XD

  • Bryce Forestieri


  • The Great Dane

    Wow, the Academy wants diversity. Great! 🙂 Unless you count Mila Jovovich as a white American actress, no white American actress was invited this year. And most of the male actors weren’t white Americans either. Good job – in 20 years we’ll probably be over the “old white guys” syndrome … unless all the tech guys don’t fill out those seats by then. 🙂

  • Watermelons

    Daniel S. Irwin – “Prometheus,” “Little Children”

    I would be that doing the sound for a Kate “The Great” Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Iris) picture probably holds a lot of prestige with the inside crew over in Oscarland! And a hearty Congratulations to all new members!!


  • Antoinette,

    Some of us have been trying to research a full list based on news reports and archival materials that we find.

    I haven’t had time to update it yet with this week’s nominees, but you can find over 3,600 veterans here:


  • Guess that should have said “this week’s INVITEES”.

  • TOM

    I thought that an individual had to be nominated to even be considered to be invited. (Though, PR executives/business suits might have a different process). So, Prince was awarded an Oscar 25 years ago and NOW is good enough to vote? What nominations/cinematic achievements have Jason Bateman, JLo, SandraOh, Lucy Liu, Rosario Dawson achieved. Charles Grodin has been around since the sixties and he’s now in the same class as these invitees?
    Also – just wanted to check the voting inclusion/exclusion of Adele, Eminem, Bob Dyan, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Carly Simon, 3 Six Mafia and Annie Lennox. These individuals have gold compared to those listed above. Will they be ‘included’ by 2038?

  • Edi

    With Jennifer Lopez as a voter, The Academy’s taste will improve……………………SAID NOBODY!!!!

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