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  1. NeverTooEarlyMP
    June 26, 2014

    Hurray! It’s my third favorite Oscar related day! (Right behind nomination morning and the ceremony itself.)

    A group of us have been trying to identify as many Oscar voters as possible, and today’s long list brings our total to 4472 (about 63% of the full AMPAS club).

    Hope it’s ok that I post the link:

    http://nevertooearlymoviepredictions.blogspot.com/2012/04/academy-members-project-home.html

  2. Paddy Mulholland
    June 26, 2014

    Chantal Akerman, Jean-Claude Carriere, Claire Denis, Diane Kurys and Miyazaki Hayao are only now being made Academy members?!

    That is some fucked. up. shit.

  3. john
    June 26, 2014

    Besides getting to say “I can’t believe s/he wasn’t a member already!” a dozen times, one of the fun things of these announcements is seeing the distribution across branches.

    Are the large number of additions in visual effects, animation, and sound an indication of trying to increase membership totals in those branches? Documentary is also somewhat large and we know they’ve been trying to beef up membership there

  4. Bryce Forestieri
    June 26, 2014

    Ackerman?! We can already discount her support for the homosexual picture THE IMITATION GAME :(

    For completion’s sake…does anyone know if the other two legs of the Cursed Trinity of Boredom or as they’re more catchy-ly known in cinematic circles The Neuroleptic Tripod, Angelopoulos and Tarr, are members already?

  5. Bryce Forestieri
    June 26, 2014

    Didn’t Miyasaki passed before? He wants no part in it.

  6. Bryce Forestieri
    June 26, 2014

    pass*

  7. NeverTooEarlyMP
    June 26, 2014

    This is Miyazaki’s fourth time being invited, and he rejected previous invitations with the reason being that he said that he thought they meant he was nearing retirement – something he wasn’t willing to admit at the time.

    But now that he IS retiring, maybe his answer will be different? Or maybe he’ll just come up with a different reason.

    It should be noted that Strathairn and Carriere have also been invited before, so I’m not sure whether they’ll join this time or not.

  8. Paddy Mulholland
    June 26, 2014

    ‘For completion’s sake…does anyone know if the other two legs of the Cursed Trinity of Boredom or as they’re more catchy-ly known in cinematic circles The Neuroleptic Tripod, Angelopoulos and Tarr, are members already?’

    You dare!

  9. keifer
    June 26, 2014

    While I applaud the depth of the work of those named above (it really is a great listing of people in film who deserve to be part of the awards process), I really have to quibble that two of these AMPAS membership invitations are really coming “a little late” and both are particularly overdue for inclusion.

    I would have assumed costume designer Maurizio Millenotti and actor David Straitharn would have been invited to the AMPAS banquet a lonnnnngggggggg time ago. It kind of surprised me that they aren’t members already. Both have been around a long time, doing great work in film.

    Go figure.

  10. JPNS Viewer
    June 26, 2014

    I am quite sure there will be at least a few other names that help raise my eyebrows in the beauteous WTF [what the fantastic] moment of mine but for now: Why Josh Hutcherson?

    Dude’s got MTV Movie Awards in his bag (nom or win), like, forever and a day, alreadaay . . . . . . . .
    Plus the equally #noteworthy [hyperbole] Teen Choice . . . . . . . .

    - – -

    I’m more or less likely pulling an angle here in someone else’s book but others probably see my point: Talented yet relatively unknown thesps such as J.K. Simmons, Frances Sternhagen, Barry Corbin, and you-name-it young or older, will probably never get an invitation.
    Let alone other more familiar faces on the silver screen . . .
    And it’s disheartening (especially when someone talented regardless of gender and age, who have never been recognized by the Academy, comes up in the back of your mind . . .).
    (I know there may have been officially good enough reasons for […] having never been invited. BUT I’m relating this collective case to Hutcherson’s. I have nothing personal against the man; I just think it might be too soon, if ever at all, and possibly more or less undefined (questionable) […]. I feel as if Hutcherson’s case was too easy a walk in the park compared to certain veteran thespians who came and go. Well, I might be wrong.)

    (Hutcherson’s fans: don’t get me wrong when you say hello and I say goodbye . . . .)

  11. JPNS Viewer
    June 26, 2014

    “I feel as if Hutcherson’s case was too easy a walk in the park compared to [...] certain veteran thespians who came and go.”

    I meant: . . . come and go.

  12. Stephen Holt
    June 26, 2014

    Becoming an Academy member who actually gets to vote is a long and complicated process. You have to be nominated by at least two members of the category/branch you want to join. And even then it’s no sure thing. Oh! The arcane mysteries of committees within committees within committees. The surest way of becoming a member was by being nominated supposedly, but these lists say different. But this is surely a big step in the right direction. And BTW, yearly membership is steep.

  13. Philipp
    June 27, 2014

    It’s not only in the direcctor’s branch where women are underrepresented. Where are the female cinematographers? It looks they are strong in the casting branch.

  14. Bob Burns
    June 27, 2014

    lotta suits and very drama-heavy.

    what are “associates” anyway?

  15. The Pope
    June 27, 2014

    Yes, we can have our reservations as to who are members and who have yet to be invited. But as far as I am concerned, things are definitely moving in the right direction (I also like the emerging transparency). And yes, while some branches have a large white-male bias, there is greater diversty than ever before and that can only benefit the Academy. Compare today’s demographics to those of say, just 10 years ago.

  16. steve50
    June 27, 2014

    Composer Charles Strauss – how encouraging for this 86 year old!

    He’s written musicals since 1960 and his first film score was Bonnie & Clyde! 47 years ago! Maybe they were confusing him with the “Waltz King” all these years?

  17. Dennis Bee
    June 27, 2014

    So not only are Chantal Akerman, Diane Kurys, and Claire Denis just now being invited to become Academy members, but they’re invited as writers, not directors? Or do they already belong, in the directors’ branch. Does one get invited to join each branch separately?

  18. mountanto
    June 27, 2014

    “For completion’s sake…does anyone know if the other two legs of the Cursed Trinity of Boredom or as they’re more catchy-ly known in cinematic circles The Neuroleptic Tripod, Angelopoulos and Tarr, are members already?”

    Well, Angelopoulos is dead–died a couple of years ago in a car accident. Not that the Academy paid him tribute.

    Also, I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen Satantango and thought it was incredible. And Tarr is generally well-regarded from everything I’ve seen, so…yeah.

  19. jim
    June 27, 2014

    Jean-Claude Carrière has been one of the best screenwriters around for decades, he needs an Honorary award as well.

    Sasha, agreed that there are still plenty of eligible female directors that could have been invited, but cheers to the director of one of the great feminists films of all time, “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” getting invited. She’s never really gotten her due. You should really do a profile of her if you have time during the “off season”.

  20. Antoinette
    June 27, 2014

    Really? Not one of you guys threw a fit about Jason Statham? I’m disappointed in all of you. :P

    Josh Hutcherson, on the other hand, has really nice eyes.

  21. Cradle
    June 28, 2014

    Claire Denis taking this long plus in as writer not director is a double homicide of horrible.

  22. Yogsss
    June 30, 2014

    John Ridley – “12 Years a Slave,” “Undercover Brother”

    I can’t not laugh at this. I had no idea he wrote that film. Ewww…

    Congrats (?) to everyone specially to my mate Steven Price!

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