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Welcome to the Academy, 683 of You!

With AMPAS under so much scrutiny this past season for their lack of diversity, they made several rule changes about membership and ruling bodies within the various branches. Here's the big power move. They've invited twice as many people as they are usually prone to invite. Invitations have gone out to 683 film professionals this year.

That is a lot of new members, percentage-wise, for a group known for their exclusivity that for a long time was hovering around 6000 members and slowly inching it's way to 7000. According to Academy graphics 46% of the new invitees are women which is a smart move given that Hollywood has struggled in the gender balance department forever despite the fact that civilization has always been half women. (It might have been smarter to make it 75% for a few years to make up for lost time at eliminating the silly gender disparity but we applaud any efforts to work towards a better 50/50 balance.) 

41% of the new invitees are people of color...

This is a newer diversity problem but one the Academy has been taking much more heat for. I say "newer" merely to underline that at one point in time, it made more sense for the Academy to be lily-white. Modern outrage generally likes to equate the now with past eras but there were differences. The racial makeup of America has changed a lot since the Academy was first formed in 1927. Consider these census numbers comparing 1920 to 2010

Back then the country was 89.7% white according to government census. Unfortunately that's still pretty much where the Academy is, so it's wonderful that they're finally working to address this. While the ways racial identity has been counted have changed over the years the last government census in 2010 lists the white (non-hispanic) population as being only 63.7% of the country. That's a huge difference with the biggest growth spurt belonging to the Hispanic and Asian populations, both of which are underrepresented in the movies - it doesn't help that the media talks about racial diversity mostly as if only white and black people exist.

Anyway. Enough about the numbers and the strife. Here are the list of invitees (asterisks indicate that they were invited to join more than one branch so they will have to choose -- you can eventually end up in more than one branch but you can't accept two invitations in the same calendar year). So many glorious names sprinkled about... 


Chadwick Boseman leaps in to AMPAS

Mahershalal Ali - "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts 1 and 2)

Anthony Anderson - "The Departed"

Adam Beach - "Suicide Squad," "Flags of Our Fathers"

Kate Beckinsale - "Love and Friendship," "The Avatior"

Chadwick Boseman - "Captain America: Civil War," "Get on Up"

John Boyega -"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Attack the Block"

Betty Buckley -"Wyatt Earp," "Carrie"

Rose Byrne - "X-Men First Class," "Bridesmaids"

Julie Carmen - "Milagro Beanfield War," "Gloria"

Enrique Castillo ' "Deja Vu," Bound By Honor"

Morris Chestnut "Gi Jane," "Boyz N the Hood"

Cliff Curtis -"Live Free or Die Hard," "Training Day"

Loretta Devine - "I Am Sam," "Crash"

Carmen Ejojo - "selma," "Sparkle"

Idris Elba –"Beasts of No Nation"

America Ferrera - "End of Watch"

Vivica A. Fox - "Kill Bill," "Independence Day"

Andrew Garfield - "99 Homes"

Greta Gerwig invited makes me want to giddily run and jump

Greta Gerwig - "Frances Ha"

Jesse D. Goins - "Ugly Truth," "Patriot Games"

Bruce Greenwood - "Flight," "Star Trek"

Carla Gugino - "Watchmen," "Night at the Museum"

Luis Guzman - "Punch Drunk Love," "Carlito's Way"

Dennis Haysbert - "Dear White People," "Wreck-It Ralph"

Tom Hiddleston - "Crimson Peak," "High-Rise"

James Hong - "Safe," "Mulan"

Oscar Isaac - "Ex Machina," "A Most Violent Year"

O’Shea “Ice Cube" Jackson - "Ride Along," "Friday"

Dakota Johnson - "Black Mass," "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Cherry Jones – “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Signs”

Michael B. Jordan – “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”

Daniel Dae Kim – “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” “Crash”

Regina King – “Ray,” “Jerry Maguire”

Brie Larson – “Room,” “Trainwreck”

Byung Hun Lee, well done. Asian actors are totally underrepresented in movies

Byung-Hun Lee – “Terminator Genisys,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”

Nia Long – “Keanu,” “Boyz N the Hood”

Sal Lopez – “The Astronaut Farmer,” “Full Metal Jacket”

Ignacio López Tarso – “Under the Volcano,” “Nazarin”

Patti LuPone – “Parker,” “Driving Miss Daisy”

Peter Mackenzie – “Trumbo,” “42”

Rachel McAdams – “Spotlight,” “Midnight in Paris”

Eva Mendes – “The Place beyond the Pines,” “Hitch”

Tatsuya Nakadai – “Ran,” “Kagemusha”

Adepero Oduye – “The Big Short,” “12 Years a Slave”

Marisa Paredes – “The Skin I Live In,” “All about My Mother”

Nate Parker – “Beyond the Lights,” “Red Tails”

Harold Perrineau – “Zero Dark Thirty,” “28 Weeks Later”

Jorge Perugorría – “Che,” “Strawberry and Chocolate”

Silvia Pinal – “Vintage Model,” “The Exterminating Angel”

Freida Pinto – “Immortals,” “Slumdog Millionaire”

Michelle Rodriguez – “Avatar,” “Girlfight”

Anika Noni Rose – “For Colored Girls,” “Dreamgirls”

Cecilia Roth – “Lucia Lucia,” “All about My Mother”

Mark Rylance – “Bridge of Spies,” “The Other Boleyn Girl”

Pepe Serna – “The Black Dahlia,” “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez”

Martin Starr – “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “Adventureland”

Elizabeth Sung – “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “The Joy Luck Club”

Sharmila Tagore – “Dhadkan,” “The World of Apu”

Both of Creed's young star lovers were invited

Tessa Thompson – “Creed,” “Dear White People”

Lorraine Toussaint – “Selma,” “Middle of Nowhere”

Glynn Turman – “Super 8,” “Men of Honor”

Gabrielle Union – “Top Five,” “Bad Boys II”

Jacob Vargas – “The 33,” “Jarhead”

Alicia Vikander – “The Danish Girl,” “Ex Machina”

Emma Watson – “The Bling Ring,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Big Hero 6,” “Let’s Be Cops”

Marlon Wayans – “The Heat,” “Requiem for a Dream”

Rita Wilson – “It’s Complicated,” “Runaway Bride”

Daphne Zuniga – “Staying Together,” “Spaceballs”


Casting Directors

Shaheen Baig – “Youth,” “The Impossible”

Sharon Bialy – “Secret in Their Eyes,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus”

Sara Bilbatua – “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Devil’s Backbone”

Antoinette Boulat – “Diary of a Chambermaid,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Deirdre Bowen – “Eastern Promises,” “Billy Madison”

Jacqueline Brown – “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Jackie Brown”

Carmen Cuba – “The Martian,” “Side Effects”

Christian Kaplan – “The Book of Life,” “Rio”

Moonyeenn Lee – “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Blood Diamond”

Natalie Lyon – “Inside Out,” “Toy Story 3”

Walter Rippell – “Everybody Has a Plan,” “The Secret in Their Eyes”

Richard Rousseau – “Saint Laurent,” “Renoir”

Kim Taylor-Coleman – “Dope,” “Oldboy”

Manuel Teil – “Babel,” “Y Tu Mamá También”


Bárbara Alvarez – “The Second Mother,” “Whisky”

C. Mitchell Amundsen – “Ride Along 2,” “Now You See Me”

Adam Arkapaw – “Macbeth,” “McFarland, USA”

Sergio Armstrong – “No,” “The Maid”

Michael Barrett – “Ted 2,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

Natasha Braier – “The Rover,” “The Milk of Sorrow”

Lula Carvalho – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “RoboCop”

Caroline Champetier – “Holy Motors,” “Of Gods and Men”

Enrique Chediak – “The 5th Wave,” “The Maze Runner”

Charlotte Bruus Christensen – “Far from the Madding Crowd,” “The Hunt”

Sofian El Fani – “Timbuktu,” “Blue Is the Warmest Color”

Mátyás Erdély – “Son of Saul,” “The Quiet Ones”

Frank Griebe – “A Hologram for the King,” “Cloud Atlas”

Kirsten Johnson* – “CitizenFour,” “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”

Judith Kaufmann – “13 Minutes,” “Inbetween Worlds”

Jeanne Lapoirie – “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” “My Little Princess”

Hélène Louvart – “The Wonders,” “Pina”

Félix Monti – “Our Last Tango,” “The Secret in Their Eyes”

Peter Pau – “The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”

Daniel Pearl – “Friday the 13th,” “Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem”

Poon Hang-Sang – “Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster,” “Kung Fu Hustle”

Gökhan Tiryaki – “Winter Sleep,” “Once upon a Time in Anatolia”

Kim White – “Inside Out,” “Toy Story 3”

Jo Willems – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts 1 and 2),” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Steve Yedlin – “Carrie,” “Looper”

Nelson Yu Lik-Wai – “A Simple Life,” “24 City”

Haris Zambarloukos – “Cinderella,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”

Zhao Fei – “The Sun Also Rises,” “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion”

Costume Designers

Suttirat Anne Larlarb, Costume Designer. By Emma Hardy from the National Portrait Gallery

Olivier Bériot – “Lucy,” “Taken”

Madeline Fontaine – “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” “Yves Saint Laurent”

Pierre-Yves Gayraud – “Albert Nobbs,” “The Bourne Identity”

Sonia Grande – “Magic in the Moonlight,” “Even the Rain”

Suttirat Anne Larlarb – “Steve Jobs,” “127 Hours”

Manon Rasmussen – “Nymphomaniac,” “A Royal Affair”

Production Designers, Art Directors, Set Decorators, Art Department

Yoshihito Akatsuka – “The Left Ear,” “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale”

Kokayi Ampah – “Knight and Day” “Flags of Our Fathers”

Jille Azis – “Magic in the Moonlight,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Hannah E. Beachler – “Miles Ahead,” “Creed”

Bert Berry – “Inside Out,” “Cars 2”

Celia Bobak – “The Martian,” “Shanghai”

Stephanie Carroll – “Elsa & Fred,” “Monsoon Wedding”

Sue Chan – “Gone Girl,” “300: Rise of an Empire”

Rodolfo Damaggio – “Tomorrowland,” “Terminator Genisys”

Rena DeAngelo – “Bridge of Spies,” “The Judge”

Warren Drummond – “Straight Outta Compton,” “Nightcrawler”

Colin Gibson – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Happy Feet Two”

Bernhard Henrich – “Bridge of Spies,” “Unfinished Business”

Kalina Ivanov – “Max,” “Little Miss Sunshine”

Michael Anthony Jackson – “Gods of Egypt,” “Fantastic Four”

Philip Keller – “Jurassic World,” “The Last Witch Hunter”

Carolyn A. Loucks – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “RoboCop”

Chris Lowe – “Spectre,” “Into the Woods”

Ina Mayhew – “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds”

Alice Normington – “Suffragette,” “Nowhere Boy”

Hamish Purdy – “The Revenant,” “Step Up All In”

Peter Ramsey* – “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Shrek the Third”

Pilar Revuelta – “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Mark Ricker –“Trumbo,” “Get on Up

Dena Roth – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Think Like a Man Too”

David Schlesinger – “True Story,” “Annie”

Richard Sherman – “The Gift,” “Beautiful Creatures”

Michael Standish – “The Danish Girl,” “Victor Frankenstein”

Yohei Taneda – “Monster Hunt,” “The Hateful Eight”

Lisa Thompson – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “San Andreas”

Patrice Vermette – “Sicario,” “The Young Victoria”

Frank Walsh – “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” “High-Rise”




Lenny Abrahamson – “Room,” “Frank”

Naji Abu Nowar – “Theeb”

Maren Ade – “Everyone Else,” “The Forest for the Trees”

Lexi Alexander – “Punisher: War Zone,” “Green Street Hooligans”

Haifaa al-Mansour – “Wadjda”

Ana Lily Amirpour – “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

Amma Asante – “Belle,” “A Way of Life”

Katie Aselton – “Black Rock,” “The Freebie”

Ramin Bahrani – “99 Homes,” “At Any Price”

Anna Boden – “Mississippi Grind,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”

Catherine Breillat – “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Sex Is Comedy”

Israel Cárdenas – “Sand Dollars,” “Carmita”

Carlos Carrera – “Backyard,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – “Winter Sleep,” “Once upon a Time in Anatolia”

Souleymane Cissé – “Brightness,” “The Wind”

Isabel Coixet – “Learning to Drive,” “Elegy”

Ryan Coogler* – “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”

Scott Cooper – “Black Mass,” “Crazy Heart”

John Crowley – “Brooklyn,” “Closed Circuit”

Julie Dash – “Daughters of the Dust”

Tamra Davis – “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” “Billy Madison”

Jonathan Dayton – “Ruby Sparks,” “Little Miss Sunshine”

Dominique Deruddere – “Flying Home,” “Everybody Famous!”

Xavier Dolan – “Mommy,” “Tom at the Farm”

Cheryl Dunye – “My Baby’s Daddy,” “The Watermelon Woman”

Deniz Gamze Ergüven – “Mustang”

Valerie Faris – “Ruby Sparks,” “Little Miss Sunshine”

Shana Feste – “Endless Love,” “Country Strong”

Hannah Fidell – “A Teacher”

Anne Fletcher – “The Proposal,” “Step Up”

Ari Folman – “The Congress,” “Waltz with Bashir”

Anne Fontaine – “Gemma Bovery,” “Coco before Chanel”


Cary Joji Fukunaga... be still our hearts.

Cary Joji Fukunaga – “Beasts of No Nation,” “Jane Eyre”

Nicole Garcia – “A View of Love,” “Charlie Says”

Juan Antonio Garcia Bayona – “The Impossible,” “The Orphanage”

Sarah Gavron – “Suffragette,” “Brick Lane”

Lesli Linka Glatter – “The Proposition,” “Now and Then”

Ciro Guerra* – “Embrace of the Serpent,” “The Wind Journeys”

Laura Amelia Guzmán – “Sand Dollars,” “Carmita”

Sanaa Hamri – “Just Wright,” “Something New”

Mia Hansen-Løve* – “Eden,” “The Father of My Children”

Mahamet-Saleh Haroun – “Grigris,” “Our Father”

Mary Harron – “The Notorious Bettie Page,” “American Psycho”

Marielle Heller* – “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

Albert Hughes – “The Book of Eli,” “Dead Presidents”

Hou Hsiao-Hsien – “The Assassin,” “Three Times”

Patty Jenkins – “Wonder Woman,” “Monster”

Naomi Kawase* – “Still the Water,” “The Mourning Forest”

Abdellatif Kechiche – “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “Black Venus”

Abbas Kiarostami – “Certified Copy,” “Taste of Cherry”

So Yong Kim – “For Ellen,” “In Between Days”

Kiyoshi Kurosawa – “Seventh Code,” “Pulse”

Karyn Kusama – “Jennifer’s Body,” “Girlfight”

Francis H. Lawrence – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “I Am Legend”

Tobias Lindholm* – “A War,” “A Hijacking”

Phyllida Lloyd – “The Iron Lady,” “Mamma Mia!”

Ken Loach – “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” “Kes”

Julia Loktev – “The Loneliest Planet,” “Day Night Day Night”

Ami Canaan Mann – “Jackie & Ryan,” “Texas Killing Fields”

Lucrecia Martel – “The Headless Woman,” “The Holy Girl”

Adam McKay* – “The Big Short,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”

Deepa Mehta – “Midnight’s Children,” “Water”

Ursula Meier – “Sister,” “Home”

Rebecca Miller* – “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” “Personal Velocity”

Karen Moncrieff – “The Dead Girl,” “Blue Car”

Cristian Mungiu* – “Graduation,” “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”

Anna Muylaert – “The Second Mother”

László Nemes* – “Son of Saul”

María Novaro – “The Good Herbs,” “Lola”

Victor Nunez – “Spoken Word,” “Ulee’s Gold”

Euzhan Palcy – “Siméon,” “A Dry White Season”

Park Chan-wook* – “Stoker,” “Oldboy”

Lucía Puenzo – “The German Doctor,” “El Niño Pez”

Lynne Ramsay – “We Need to Talk about Kevin,” “Morvern Callar”

Super talented Dee Rees of "Pariah" and "Bessie" fame


Dee Rees – “Pariah”

Nicolas Winding Refn – “Only God Forgives,” “Drive”

Patricia Riggen – “The 33,” “Girl in Progress”

Gillian Robespierre – “Obvious Child”

Patricia Rozema – “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,” “Mansfield Park”

Marjane Satrapi – “The Voices,” “Persepolis”

Sam Taylor-Johnson – “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Nowhere Boy”

George Tillman, Jr. – “Notorious,” “Soul Food”

Luis Valdez – “La Bamba,” “Zoot Suit”

Melvin Van Peebles – “Identity Crisis,” “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song”

Margarethe von Trotta – “Rosenstrasse,” “Marianne and Juliane”

Lana Wachowski – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Matrix Trilogy”

Lilly Wachowski – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Matrix Trilogy”

Taika Waititi – “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “What We Do in the Shadows”

James Wan – “The Conjuring,” “Saw”

Keenan Ivory Wayans* – “Scary Movie,” “A Low Down Dirty Shame”

Apichatpong Weerasethakul – “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” “Tropical Malady”


Joslyn Barnes – “The House I Live In,” “Trouble the Water”

Danielle Renfrew Behrens – “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” “The Queen of Versailles”

Joe Bini* – “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” “Encounters at the End of the World”

Douglas Blush – “The Hunting Ground,” “The Invisible War”

Rachel Boynton – “Big Men,” “Our Brand Is Crisis”

Irene Taylor Brodsky – “The Final Inch,” “Hear and Now”

Margaret Brown – “The Great Invisible,” “The Order of Myths”

Nancy Buirski – “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq,” “The Loving Story”

Maro Chermayeff – “Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present,” “The Kindness of Strangers”

Ramona S. Diaz – “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” “Imelda”

James Gay-Rees – “Amy,” “Senna”

Haile Gerima – “Teza,” “Ashes and Embers”

Laurens Grant – “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” “Freedom Riders”

Richard Hankin – “Art and Craft,” “God Loves Uganda”

Kazuo Hara – “A Dedicated Life,” “The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On”

Thomas Allen Harris – “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” “Twelve

Disciples of Nelson Mandela”

Matthew Heineman – “Cartel Land,” “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare”

Judith Helfand – “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement,” “Blue Vinyl”

Amy Hobby – “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” “Shepard & Dark”

Kirsten Johnson* – “Cameraperson,” “CitizenFour”

Asif Kapadia – “Amy,” “Senna”

Aviva Kempner – “Rosenwald,” “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg”

Pedro Kos* – “The Square,” “Waste Land” 

Victor Kossakovsky – “Vivan las Antipodas!,” “The Belovs”

Anita Lee – “Stories We Tell,” “Everybody’s Children”

Shola Lynch – “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” “Chisholm ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed”

Louis Massiah – “W.E.B. Dubois: A Biography in Four Voices”

Amanda Micheli – “La Corona,” “Double Dare”

Spencer Nakasako – “Refugee,” “A.K.A. Don Bonus”

Emiko Omori – “Rabbit in the Moon,” “Regret to Inform”

Joshua Oppenheimer – “The Look of Silence,” “The Act of Killing”

Dawn Porter – “Trapped,” “Gideon’s Army”

Gini Reticker – “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” “Asylum”

Azin Samari* – “Ethel,” “The September Issue”

Jessica Sanders – “After Innocence,” “Sing!”

Regina Scully – “The Hunting Ground,” “Alive Inside”

Signe Byrge Sørensen – “The Look of Silence,” “The Act of Killing”

David Teague – “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Freeheld”

Trinh T. Minh-ha – “Forgetting Vietnam,” “Surname Viet Given Name Nam”

Jean Tsien – “Shut Up & Sing,” “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy”

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi – “Meru,” “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love”

Wang Bing – “Three Sisters,” “West of the Tracks”


Pam Abdy

Courtney D. Armstrong

Arturo Barquet

Arianna Bocco

Nicole Brown

Rona Cosgrove

Craig Dehmel

Zanne Devine

Lisa Ellzey

Monique Esclavissat

Pauline Fischer

DeVon Franklin

David W. Greenbaum

Matthew Greenfield

Erica Huggins

Peter Kujawski

Pamela Kunath

Christine Langan

Bonni Lee

James F. Lopez

Xavier Marchand

Anikah Elizabeth McLaren

James Rupert Jacob Murdoch

Lachlan K. Murdoch

Gigi Pritzker

Josh Sapan

Scott Shooman

Adrian Smith

Frank H. Smith

Darren Dennis Throop

Jason D. Young

Film Editors

Margaret Sixel (Mad Max Fury Road). Win an Oscar, get an invite.

Niels Pagh Andersen – “The Look of Silence,” “The Act of Killing”

Joe Bini* – “We Need to Talk about Kevin,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

Bettina Böhler – “Phoenix,” “Barbara”

Pernille Bech Christensen – “The Salvation,” “In a Better World”

Raúl Antonio Dávalos – “The Amateurs,” “Meet Wally Sparks”

Marie-Hélène Dozo – “Two Days, One Night,” “L’Enfant”

Amy E. Duddleston – “Elegy,” “Laurel Canyon”

Suzy Elmiger – “Lola Versus,” “Mighty Fine”

Sim Evan-Jones – “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “Shrek”

Sarah Flack – “Away We Go,” “Lost in Translation”

Affonso Gonçalves – “Carol,” “Winter’s Bone”

Matthew Hamachek – “Cartel Land,” “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”

Chris King – “Amy,” “Exit through the Gift Shop”

Pedro Kos* – “The Square,” “Waste Land”

Sylvie Landra – “Catwoman,” “The Fifth Element”

Tom McArdle – “Spotlight,” “The Station Agent”

Adam Nielsen – “A War,” “A Hijacking”

Kevin Nolting – “Inside Out,” “Up”

Nathan Nugent – “Room,” “Frank”

Stan Salfas – “Morning,” “Let Me In”

Azin Samari* – “Ethel,” “The September Issue”

Margaret Sixel – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Happy Feet”

Mary Stephen – “Blind Mountain,” “A Tale of Winter”

Troy Takaki – “Baggage Claim,” “The Bounty Hunter”

Camilla Toniolo – “His Way,” “Company Man”

Bernat Vilaplana – “Crimson Peak,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Pax Wassermann – “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”

Julia Wong – “Hercules,” “Extract”

Mark Yoshikawa – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts 1 and 2),” “The Tree of Life”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists

Karen Asano-Myers – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “42”

Pierce Austin – “Concussion,” “After Earth”

Julie Dartnell – “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Les Misérables”

Beatrice De Alba – “Away We Go,” “Frida”

Dave Elsey – “Mr. Holmes,” “The Wolfman”

Camille Friend – “The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained”

Anita Gibson – “Beyond the Lights,” “Top Five”

Giorgio Gregorini – “The Impossible,” “Apocalypto”

Siân Grigg – “The Revenant,” “Ex Machina”

Norma Hill-Patton – “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Company You Keep”

Duncan Jarman – “The Revenant,” “Rush”

Love Larson – “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” “The Girl Who Played withFire”

Angela Levin – “Cake,” “Horrible Bosses”

Ivana Primorac – “Anna Karenina,” “The Reader”

Beverly Jo Pryor – “Straight Outta Compton,” “Selma”

Jan Sewell – “The Danish Girl,” “The Theory of Everything”

Maurizio Silvi – “The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge”

Heba Thorisdottir – “The Hateful Eight,” “Bridesmaids”

Lesley Vanderwalt – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Great Gatsby”

Eva von Bahr – “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” “The Girl with the DragonTattoo”


NO LOTS MORE DRAMA. Mary J Blige in the music department

Lesley Barber – “The Moth Diaries,” “Los Locos”

Wendy Blackstone – “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,” “To Be Heard”

Mary J. Blige – “The Help,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Kathryn Bostic – “Dear White People,” “The New Black”

Carl Davis – “The Understudy,” “Scandal”

Joseph S. DeBeasi – “The Revenant,” “Sicario”

Joanie Diener – “Merchants of Doubt,” “The Skulls”

Fitzgerald Diggs (RZA) – “Django Unchained,” “The Man with the Iron Fists”

Germaine Franco – “Dope,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”

Sia Furler – “Zootopia,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Peter Golub – “Audrey,” “Countdown to Zero”

Amanda Goodpaster – “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”

Tanya Noel Hill – “Ant-Man,” “Chef”

Deborah Lurie – “Safe Haven,” “Dear John”

Heather McIntosh – “Z for Zachariah,” “Honeymoon”

Marcus Miller – “About Last Night,” “Deliver Us from Eva”

Antonio Pinto – “Amy,” “Senna”

Raphael Saadiq – “Epic,” “Love and Basketball”

Jim Schultz – “Black Mass,” “Inglourious Basterds”

Del Spiva – “Fury,” “Prometheus”

Taura Stinson – “Rio 2,” “Black Nativity”

Joseph Trapanese – “Straight Outta Compton,” “Nightcrawler”

Shigeru Umebayashi – “The Grandmaster,” “2046”

Fernando Velázquez – “Crimson Peak,” “Mama” – “The Great Gatsby,” “Rio”

Marcelo Zarvos – “Rock the Kasbah,” “The Beaver”


Belén Atienza – “Out of the Dark,” “The Impossible”

Amy Baer – “A Storm in the Stars,” “Last Vegas”

David Barron – “Cinderella,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2)

Ram Bergman – “Don Jon,” “Looper”

Virginie Besson-Silla – “Lucy,” “The Lady”

Fernando Bovaira – “Biutiful,” “The Sea Inside”

Anne Carey – “Mr. Holmes,” “The Savages”

Debra Martin Chase – “Sparkle,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”

Bonnie Curtis – “Albert Nobbs,” “Minority Report”

Susan Downey – “The Judge,” “Sherlock Holmes”

Ed Guiney – “Room,” “Frank”

Paul E. Hall – “Peeples,” “For Colored Girls”

Rachael Horovitz – “Maggie’s Plan,” “Moneyball”

Mark Huffam – “The Martian,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Elizabeth Karlsen – “Carol,” “Made in Dagenham”

Gail Katz – “Pawn Sacrifice,” “The Perfect Storm”

Amy Kaufman – “Beasts of No Nation, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Neil Kopp – “Green Room,” “Wendy and Lucy”

Kristie Macosko Krieger – “Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln”

David Lancaster – “Eye in the Sky,” “Whiplash”

Albert Lee – “Chinese Zodiac,” “Let the Bullets Fly”

Roy Lee – “The Lego Movie,” “Abduction”

Mynette Louie – “Land Ho!,” “Cold Comes the Night”

Daniela Taplin Lundberg – “Beasts of No Nation,” “The Kids Are All Right”

Lori McCreary – “The Magic of Belle Isle,” “Invictus”

Edward L. McDonnell – “Sicario,” “Insomnia”

Jamie Patricof – “Mississippi Grind,” “Blue Valentine”

Amanda Posey – “Brooklyn,” “An Education”

Heather Rae – “The Dry Land,” “Frozen River”

Alexander Rodnyansky – “Leviathan,” “Stalingrad”

Esther García Rodríguez – “Wild Tales,” “The Skin I Live In”

Anish Savjani – “Green Room,” “Meek’s Cutoff”

Allison Shearmur – “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” “Cinderella”

Michael Sugar – “Spotlight,” “The Fifth Estate”

Robert Teitel – “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” “Men of Honor”

Rodrigo Teixeira – “The Witch,” “Mistress America”

Nina Yang Bongiovi – “Dope,” “Fruitvale Station”

Public Relations

Michael S. Agulnek

Marina Bailey

Jacqueline L. Bazan

Stephen D. Bruno

Cassandra O. Butcher

Zachary Eller

Linda Guerrero

Barry Dale Johnson

Kate Lee

Amy Mastriona 

R.J. Millard

Kelly Bush Novak

Fumiko Kitahara Otto

Jack Pan

Terra Potts

Arnold Robinson

David Stern

Lisa Taback

Jean-Pierre Vincent

David S. Waldman

Ryan Werner

Katherine Willing

Short Films and Feature Animation

Sanjay Patel of "Sanjay's Super Team" fame invited to the animation dept

Alê Abreu – “Boy and the World,” “Cosmic Boy”

Line K. Andersen – “The Croods,” “Monsters vs Aliens”

Bruce Anderson – “Rio 2,” “Rio”

Graham Annable – “The Boxtrolls,” “ParaNorman”

Guillaume Aretos – “Puss in Boots,” “Shrek the Third”

Serena Armitage – “Stutterer,” “Scorned”

Sanjay Bakshi – “The Good Dinosaur,” “Monsters University”

Maxwell Boas – “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Rise of the Guardians”

Lydia Bottegoni – “Hotel Transylvania,” “Surf’s Up”

Rebecca Wilson Bresee – “Zootopia,” “Frozen”

Mark Burton – “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “Gnomeo & Juliet”

Chris Butler – “ParaNorman,” “Coraline”

Clément Calvet – “Cafard,” “Song of the Sea”

Tom Cardone – “Rio 2,” “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”

Marci Carlin – “The Soul of Nashville,” “Human Destiny”

Galen Tan Chu – “Epic,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”

Benjamin Cleary – “Love Is a Sting,” “Stutterer”

Pam Coats – “Gnomeo & Juliet,” “Mulan”

Melissa Beth Cobb – “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Kung Fu Panda 2”

Deborah Cook – “The Boxtrolls,” “ParaNorman”

Jamie Oliver Donoughue – “Shok,” “Life on the Line”

Renato Dos Anjos – “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt”

Jeff Draheim – “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog”

Karen Dufilho – “Duet,” “For the Birds”

Pato Escala – “Bear Story”

Katie Fico – “Zootopia,” “Feast”

Michael Fong – “Inside Out,” “Toy Story 3”

Lori Forte – “Epic,” “Ice Age Continental Drift”

Oorlagh George – “The Shore”

Jonathan Gibbs – “Turbo,” “The Croods”

Steven Goldberg – “Frozen,” “Tangled”

Judith Gruber-Stitzer – “Wild Life,” “When the Day Breaks”

Jorge R. Gutierrez – “The Book of Life,” “Carmelo”

Jane Hartwell – “The Croods,” “Madagascar”

Georgina Hayns – “The Boxtrolls,” “ParaNorman”

Janet Healy – “Minions,” “Despicable Me 2”

Tang K. Heng – “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Kung Fu Panda”

Jon W.S. Huertas – “The Box,” “Lone”

Raman Hui – “Monster Hunt,” “Shrek the Third”

Claire Jennings – “Coraline,” “Father and Daughter”

Yong Duk Jhun – “The Croods,” “Shrek Forever After”

Sahim Omar Kalifa – “Bad Hunter,” “Baghdad Messi”

Scott Kersavage – “Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”

Basil Khalil – “Ave Maria,” “Shooter”

Michael Knapp – “Epic,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”

Robert Kondo – “The Dam Keeper,” “La Luna”

Shawn Krause – “Inside Out,” “Cars 2”

Max Lang – “Room on the Broom,” “The Gruffalo”

Nicolas Marlet – “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Steve Martino – “The Peanuts Movie,” “Ice Age Continental Drift”

Dale Mayeda – “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” “Frozen”

Brian McLean – “The Boxtrolls,” “ParaNorman”

Mike Mitchell – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” “Shrek Forever After”

Joe Moshier – “Penguins of Madagascar,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

James Ford Murphy – “Lava,” “Cars”

Kiel Murray – “Up,” “Cars”

Yoshiaki Nishimura – “When Marnie Was There,” “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Kyle Odermatt – “Big Hero 6,” “Paperman”

Linda Campos Olszewski – “Car-Ma’,” “A Bad Hair Day”

Gabriel Osorio – “Bear Story,” “Residuos”

Sanjay Patel – “Sanjay’s Super Team,” “Tokyo Mater”

Martin Pope – “Room on the Broom,” “Chico & Rita”

Christian Potalivo – “The New Tenants,” “The Pig”

Tina Price – “Dinosaur,” “Fantasia/2000”

Peter Ramsey* – “Rise of the Guardians,” “Monsters vs Aliens”

Denise Ream – “The Good Dinosaur,” “Cars 2”

Julie Roy – “Carface,” “Kali the Little Vampire”

Damon Russell – “Curfew,” “Brink”

William Salazar – “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Monsters vs Aliens”

Scott Santoro – “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” “Flushed Away”

Katherine Sarafian – “Brave,” “Lifted”

Kent Seki – “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Megamind”

Osnat Shurer – “One Man Band,” “Boundin’”

Mireille Soria – “Home,” “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

Richard Starzak – “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “A Matter of Loaf and Death”

Michael D. Surrey – “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Lion King”

Galyn Susman – “Ratatouille,” “Toy Story 2”

Imogen Sutton – “Prologue,” “The Thief and the Cobbler”

Dice Tsutsumi – “The Dam Keeper,” “Monsters University”

Nora Twomey – “Song of the Sea,” “The Secret of Kells”

Pablo Valle – “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Turbo”

Michael Venturini – “The Good Dinosaur,” “Toy Story 3”

Pierre-Olivier Vincent – “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon”

Patrick Vollrath – “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut),” “The Jacket (Die Jacke)”

Dan Wagner – “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Kung Fu Panda 2”

Koji Yamamura – “Muybridge’s Strings,” “Mt. Head”

Hiromasa Yonebayashi – “When Marnie Was There,” “The Secret World of Arrietty”

Raymond Zibach – “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”


Pud Cusack – “Free State of Jones,” “The Mask of Zorro”

Susan Dawes – “Deadpool,” “Wild”

Chris Duesterdiek – “The Revenant,” “Elysium”

Tammy Fearing – “Trainwreck,” “Bridesmaids”

Roberto Fernandez – “St. Vincent,” “Drive”

Eric Flickinger – “The Big Short,” “World War Z”

Gabriel Gutiérrez – “Automata,” “Mama”

Matthew Harrison – “Paper Towns,” “The Maze Runner”

Nina Hartstone – “The Book Thief,” “Gravity”

Michael Hertlein – “The Hateful Eight,” “American Hustle”

Paul Hsu – “Spotlight,” “Salt”

George Lara – “Chi-Raq,” “Spotlight”

Anna MacKenzie – “Spectre,” “Prometheus”

John G. Marquis – “Godzilla,” “Beautiful Creatures”

James Harley Mather – “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “Sherlock Holmes”

Chuck Michael – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Timothy Karl Nielsen – “Racing Extinction,” “War Horse”

Eric Norris – “Unbroken,” “Man of Steel”

Ben Osmo – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Happy Feet Two”

Eliza Paley – “Miles Ahead,” “Carol”

Glenfield Payne – “Beasts of No Nation,” “Blue Jasmine”

Michele Perrone – “The Revenant,” “Straight Outta Compton”

Lisa Pinero – “Steve Jobs,” “Fury”

Mac Ruth – “The Martian,” “World War Z”

Christopher Scarabosio – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Paul P. Soucek – “Fright Night,” “Michael Clayton”

Nancy Nugent Title – “Spy,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

Richard Toenes – “Iron Man 3,” “Warrior”

Todd Toon – “The Revenant,” “The Princess and the Frog”

Bernard Weiser – “American Hustle,” “The Hurt Locker”

David White – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Railway Man”

Byron Wilson – “Black Mass,” “True Grit”

Matthew R. Wood – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “WALL-E”

Tamás Zányi – “Son of Saul,” “Delta”

Visual Effects

Kevin Baillie – “The Walk,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Sara Bennett – “Ex Machina,” “Hercules”

Theo Bialek – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “The Smurfs 2”

Richard Bluff – “The Big Short,” “Unbroken”

Steve Cremin – “Hail, Caesar!,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts 1 and 2)”

Lindy Wilson De Quattro – “Pacific Rim,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”

Adrian de Wet – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts 1 and 2),” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Matt Dessero – “Jupiter Ascending,” “Divergent”

Deak Ferrand – “By the Sea,” “Lucy”

Ronald Frankel – “Gods of Egypt,” “Riddick”

John Gibson – “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Martin Hill – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Furious Seven”

Bruce L. Holcomb – “Ant-Man,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Andrew Jackson – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

Matthew Jacobs – “Gods of Egypt,” “Deliver Us from Evil”

Anders Langlands – “The Martian,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Seth Maury – “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” “Maleficent”

Rich McBride – “The Revenant,” “Gravity”

Kelvin McIlwain – “Furious Seven,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Paul Norris – “Ex Machina,” “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Dan Oliver – “Gods of Egypt,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Edward M. Pasquarello – “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” “Tomorrowland”

Betsy Paterson – “The Hunger Games,” “The Incredible Hulk”

Matthew Shumway – “The Revenant,” “Life of Pi”

Jason Smith – “The Revenant,” “Super 8”

Kevin Andrew Smith – “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “Krampus”

Simone Kraus Townsend – “Ant-Man,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Stefano Trivelli – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Pan”

Adam Valdez – “Maleficent,” “World War Z”

David Vickery – “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “Fast & Furious 6”

Steven Warner – “The Brothers Grimsby,” “The Martian”

Andrew Whitehurst – “Ex Machina,” “Paddington”

Andy Williams – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Fury”

Tom Wood – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Last Witch Hunter”


YAAASSSS. It's Phyllis Nagy in the writer's branch.


Jonathan Aibel – “Kung Fu Panda” series, “Monsters vs Aliens”

Sherman Alexie – “The Business of Fancydancing,” “Smoke Signals”

Glenn Berger – “Kung Fu Panda” series, “Monsters vs Aliens”

Andrea Berloff – “Straight Outta Compton,” “World Trade Center”

Vera Blasi – “Tortilla Soup,” “Woman on Top”

Ryan Coogler* – “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”

Destin Daniel Cretton – “Short Term 12,” “I Am Not a Hipster”

Emma Donoghue – “Room”

Tina Fey – “Mean Girls”

Efthimis Filippou – “The Lobster,” “Dogtooth”

Jennifer Flackett-Levin – “Little Manhattan,” “Wimbledon”

Ryan Fleck – “Mississippi Grind,” “Half Nelson”

Alex Garland – “Ex Machina,” “28 Days Later”

Drew Goddard – “The Martian,” “Cloverfield”

Ciro Guerra* – “Embrace of the Serpent,” “The Wind Journeys”

Mia Hansen-Løve* – “Eden,” “The Father of My Children”

Marielle Heller* – “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

David Henry Hwang – “Possession,” “Golden Gate”

O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson* – “The Players Club,” “Friday”

Jia Zhangke – “Mountains May Depart,” “Still Life”

Miranda July – “The Future,” “Me and You and Everyone We Know”

Laeta Kalogridis – “Terminator Genisys,” “Shutter Island”

Naomi Kawase* – “Still the Water,” “Firefly”

Richard Kelly – “Domino,” “Donnie Darko”

Takeshi Kitano – “Outrage,” “Kikujiro”

Hirokazu Koreeda – "Like Father, Like Son,” “Nobody Knows”

Yorgos Lanthimos – “The Lobster,” “Dogtooth”

Lee Chang-dong – “Poetry,” “Oasis”

Sebastián Lelio – “Gloria,” “Navidad”

Mark Levin – “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Nim’s Island”

Tobias Lindholm* – “A War,” “The Hunt”

Adam McKay* – “The Big Short,” “The Other Guys”

Rebecca Miller* – “Maggie’s Plan,” “The Ballad of Jack and Rose”

Abi Morgan – “Suffragette,” “The Iron Lady”

Cristian Mungiu* – “Beyond the Hills,” “Occident”

Phyllis Nagy – “Carol”

László Nemes* – “Son of Saul”

Park Chan-wook* – “Thirst,” “Oldboy”

Charles Randolph – “The Big Short,” “The Life of David Gale”

Carlos Reygadas – “Silent Light,” “Battle in Heaven”

Clara Royer – “Son of Saul”

Misan Sagay – “Belle,” “The Secret Laughter of Women”

Lorene Scafaria – “The Meddler,” “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”

Josh Singer – “Spotlight,” “The Fifth Estate”

Keenan Ivory Wayans* – “White Chicks,” “A Low Down Dirty Shame”

Alice Winocour – “Mustang,” “Home”


Tina Anderson

M. James Arnett

Dana Belcastro

Schawn Belston

Katherine Beyda

Lynwen Brennan

Camille Cellucci

Annie Chang

Yolanda T. Cochran

Gary Combs

Jenny Fulle

Theodore E. Gluck

Hal H. Haenel

Ramzi Haidamus

Eunice Huthart

Jeff Imada

Stephanie A. Ito

Mike Knobloch

Ravi D. Mehta

Sunny Park

Manny Perry

Ana Maria Quintana

Nancy St. John

Philip Steuer 

Keith Woulard

Susan Zwerman



Adriana Alberghetti

Michelle Bohan

David Bugliari

John Campisi

Esther Chang

Maha Dakhil

David DeCamillo

Jerome Duboz

Helen du Toit

Jeff Gorin

Julie Huntsinger

Tracey R. Jacobs

Adam J. Kanter

Craig Kestel

Franklin Leonard

Betsy A. McLane

Cameron Mitchell

Andrea Nelson Meigs

Emanuel Nunez

Joanelle Romero

Rena Ronson

Lara Sackett

Carin Sage

Phillip Sun

Joanne Roberts Wiles

Warren Zavala

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Reader Comments (47)

46% are women? 41% are non-white? Even accounting for substantial over-lap between those two percentages, that still means around 65-70% of their invites were to people who aren't white men.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Cecilia Roth AND Marisa Paredes?!! Good move, Oscar.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

Daniel Dae Kim? Harold Perrineau? Michelle Rodriuez? Lost was over a decade ago, Oscar.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMojo

They have outdone themselves. What an amazing group of talented people!

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Have we seen that director list?? It's shocking that some of them haven't already been members, but it's such a far-reaching, exciting group of voices.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDrew C

Goddamn, Rita Wilson! You just don't know how to use your Tom Hanks for career advancement. I'd had been in the Academy if I had a Tom Hanks.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

@ Mojo: Lost would have more likely kept them out of the Motion Picture Academy, though given their post-island filmographies their invitations were clearly part of the diversity initiative.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Daphne Zuniga? Is she still acting? And I would quibble that people like Dakota Johnson and John Boyega have done enough substantial work to be worthy of membership.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

Great list! I just wish they had invited Brillante Mendoza and more international stars like Gong Li, Tony Leung, Jun Ji-hyun, etc. And is Christopher Doyle already a member? He'll probably say no to the invitation based on past interviews, though.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRon

@Raul - I agree; some of these choices reek of tokenism. But I'm sure those invited aren't complaining so I guess that makes it okay??

It would have been nice to see Jesse Williams in this group; he seems the type that would take membership seriously and fight for better representation for minorities on screen.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

some of these choices reek of tokenism

Have you read some of their previous choices when it comes to white guys? People love to critique nonwhite talent with questionable taste in material. But the Academy has invited plenty of white guys who represent at best frat boy cinema. Change is difficult and you should be applauding the efforts of the Academy to reduce the public bitching about lack of (choose a group) women, nonwhites, trans, whatever.

I must say I was moved by some of the names I saw.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Paul Outlaw: I'll just pretend Daniel Dae Kim's invite was extended because of Saints Row, thank you.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I let out a squeal when I saw that Phyllis had been invited :) I am all for Rose Byrne's seat at the table too.

Does anyone know if Carter Burwell is already an Academy Member? If he isn't, and he's not in this list of invitees, well that just seems plain wrong!

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEz

What does the * means?

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

@/3rtful - No I haven't read any of the previous years membership invitees; I simply reacted to this year's list. I'm sure there were many untalented and undeserving invitees in previous years owing to the Academy's penchant for cronyism, but that doesn't change the fact that some of these names were underwhelming. And to be frank, what the Academy's done in the past shouldn't be relevant here; this year would have been a prime opportunity to bring about changes diversity-wise as well as get rid of the 'old boys club' mentality.

And I am applauding the efforts of the Academy to bring more diversity into its membership, but not at the cost of tossing memberships to anyone in their path like they're working at a Costco. I understand they're currently under a lot of heat with everything that's happened this year, but I don't see why they feel the need to solve this "diversity" problem overnight. They couldn't wait for subsequent years for new talent to emerge, or to comb the international film scene for non-household names,

To wit, from the AMPAS website:

To be considered for invitation to membership in the Actors Branch of the Academy, an individual must:

(a) have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy,


(b) have been nominated for an Academy Award in one of the acting categories,


(c) have, in the judgment of the Actors Branch Executive Committee, otherwise achieved unique distinction, earned special merit or made an outstanding contribution as a motion picture actor.

I see a lot of actors there that don't fit any of the preceding criteria. I will say that the rest of the names in the other categories are, for the vast majority, solid choices.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

Abbas Kiarostami is now an Academy member. Let that sink in for a minute.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

MDA: Unique distinction, though, is a phrase that leaves A LOT of wiggle room. That could be for laudatory live-action TV work or voice acting in cartoons or video games, even if you've not contributed much of anything worthwhile to the cinema. And, unless AMPAS cites the exact works that sparked their interest, we don't know what actually motivated them. (Again, I think Daniel Dae Kim is mostly invited here not because of his extremely minor movie work but because of either his TV work (Angel, Lost and his seven episode The Legend of Korra guest spot being the clearest motivations there), OR his role as Johnny Gat in the Saints Row games.)

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

if this is combined with getting rid of the already members that haven't done anything in decades it will be a smart move, otherwise we'll have a 20,000 members academy in which the majority will win. 46% is less than 50%. oh, the tyranny of democracy.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenteradelutza

It's a positive sign, but I don't understand why they didn't invite fewer white males this time out.
Surely it would have made more sense to lower that number of men and have the percentage of women be in the 55%-60% instead of 46%.
Seems to me the internal politics of the Academy is still reflecting a reluctance to really deal with raising women to be 50%.
> In the acting category they admitted 30 females and 40 males ??? They should have reversed that equation quite easily.
Still I like seeing so many female directors and cinematographers. So it's some progress, but they need to bite the bullet lower the number of men invited next time.

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

So...let's start with the good. There are some extremely deserving names on this list (I'm speaking strictly of the acting invitations). Loretta Devine, Dennis Haysbert, Regina King...these are actors who have been in the game for a long time...and made exquisite careers for themselves. NO qualms with these invites, as they represent the best of acting community.

But then there's John Boyega and O'Shea Jackson and Tessa Thompson - these are mind-boggling. A bit premature - ask me. All have potential - none really strike me as worthy of Oscar membership. I mean if they needed YOUNG people of color, why not choose those who have a decently established and respected career? Is KeKe Palmer a member? Derek Luke? Jurnee Smollett-Bell?

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKBJr.

White tears flowing hard

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJo

I must admit the inclusion of 83 year old Tatsuya Nakadai and 84 year old Silvia Pinal somewhat baffles me. Sure, both are legends of world cinema, having worked with Kurosawa and Buñuel respectively in some of their greatest works, yet Pinal stopped appearing in movies on a regular basis decades ago (I'm counting four feature films in the last 30 years according to the IMDb, lots of TV credits notwithstanding), and Nakadai (though certainly more active) hasn't made a film that rings a bell for me since 'Ran'.

Is this the Academy's membership equivalent of a lifetime achievement Oscar?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

Somewhere Chris Pine is crying hard over this

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

Apichatpong Weerasethakul! So happy for him. Would be happier if Thai film industry and moviegoers embraced him more. (Also, Anne Larlarb)

So many global talents (especially in Directing branch) recognized.

So many pre-mature choices (yound actors who are not yet worthy) in order to diversify.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJija

Brazilian female director Anna Muylaert made it! So happy anda unexpected list.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTony Fernando

SILVIA PINAL!!!!!!! :O <3

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Moss

(a) have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy

This really isn't too hard a requirement to satisfy, if they take into account indies that got good reviews (regardless of box office). Almost every up-and-coming actor has got a couple of those.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterspl

Tatsuya Nakadai, Marisa Paredes, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Cristian Mungiu, Jia Zhangke, Hirokazu Koreeda, Takeshi Kitano, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Chang-dong, Park Chan-wook, Xavier Dolan and Apichatpong Weerasethakul! Yupi! (Though I suspect that Loach will refuse this invitation. :P And maybe some other people too.)

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSomeone

The additions of Amma Asante, Adam Beach, Sara Bennett, Vera Blasi, Mary J. Blige, Betty Buckley, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, Stephanie Carroll, Park Chan-wook, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Dartnell, Idris Elba, Sarah Flack, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Greta Gerwig, Giorgio Gregorini, Carla Gugino, Luis Guzman, Regina King, Cecilia Roth, Matthew Shumway, Margaret Sixel, the Wachowskis, Steve Yedlin, Mark Yoshikawa, etc. are choice...and delicious.

The inclusion of Vivica A. Fox, Phyllida Lloyd, Adam Valdez, the Wayans, and Daphne Zuniga (my absolute l-o-v-e for Melrose Place notwithstanding) is inexplicable and confounding.

P.S. With Dakota Johnson's addition, I'm suddenly *very* curious if Melanie Griffith is already a member. (I assume, at this point, she is.)

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Oh dear, I just realised James and Lachlan Murdoch have been invited. That brings my mood down a few notches.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEz

I don't really understand the complaint about some of these actors of, literally every year there are basic white dudes with questionable filmographies invited. At least the minority actors have the reasoning of not having the top tier film choices that the white dudes have.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

@ Joseph

I think the asterisk signifies that they were invited to join more than one branch of the Academy.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Joseph & Paul, thats correct. i should have notated that

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

LOL Daphne Zuninga's amazing work on Melrose Place got her to this point :-)

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

And you're only allowed to join one branch in any given year (they can join multiple branches in later years).

Some of the names on here are mind boggling in how great it is to see them there. So many incredible women and POC invited. Some of my favourites...

Lorette Devine
Cliff Curtis
Cherry Jones
Adepero Oduye
Tatsuya Nakadai
Cecilia Roth
Lorraine Toussaint

Sergio Armstrong
Natasha Braier
Sofian El Fani
Kirsten Johnson
Nelson Yu Lik-wai

Madeleine Fontaine

Yoshihito Akatsuka
Colin Gibson

Naji Abu Nowar
Maren Ade
Lexi Alexander
Ana Lily Amirpour
Amma Assante
Catherine Breillat
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Ryan Coogler
Julie Dash (!!!)
Xavier Dolan
Cheryl Dunye (!!!)
Laura Amelia Guzmán
Sanaa Hamri
Mia Hansen-Løve
Mary Harron
Naomi Kawase
Abbas Kiarostami
Ken Loach
Ursula Meier
Lynne Ramsay
Dee Rees
Lana and Lilly Wachowski
Taika Waititi
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (!!!)

Danielle Renfrew Behrens
Shola Lynch
Joshua Oppenheimer

Bettina Böhler
Amy E. Duddleston
Matthew Hamachek
Pedro Kos
Pax Wassermann
Mark Yoshikawa

Wendy Blackstone
Shigeru Umebayashi

Alê Abreu
Chris Butler
Yoshiaki Nishimura
Patrick Vollrath
Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Vera Blasi
Tina Fey
Efthimis Filippou
Jia Zhangke (curious in the writer's branch, but then he did win a screenwriting prize at Cannes)
Takeshi Kitano (likewise)
Phyllis Nagy

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Jia Zhangke, Miranda July, Hirokazu Koreeda, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Changdong, and Sebastian Lelio only in the writers' branch? That's weird.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

No Sean Baker?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterken s

I'm especially impressed with the director's and cinematographer's list - so many qualified, capable women.

And for the complaints about people like Tessa Thompson - Michael B. Jordan starred in "Fruitvale Station" and "Creed" and was a deserving invitation this year. Thompson has recently been in "Creed," "Selma" and "Dear White People." Sure, she wasn't the lead in the first two, but how many films ever have a black woman as a lead? If that's what it takes to get an invitation, actresses of color will hardly ever get invited to join. And the complaints about the Academy's demographics haven't just been about race or gender, but also about age. If we want the Academy to have voices under, you know, 60, then people like Thompson and Boyega make sense. Because, as has been stated elsewhere, it's not as if all the white men in the Academy are paragons of artistic excellence.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Phyllida Lloyd – “The Iron Lady,” “Mamma Mia!”

well, that's just embarrassing

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterpar

par: Yeah. Look, Academy? If someone's being invited due to exemplary work in other mediums? Be honest and...CITE THOSE OTHER MEDIUMS.

Let's run through how three other choices that read as kind of bizarre as is probably should have read.

Anthony Anderson, The Shield, Black-ish
Daniel Dae Kim, Lost, Saints Row/Legend of Korra
Patti LuPone, Penny Dreadful, Steven Universe

Don't those just look way more honest?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I'm in awe right now. Get it, Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Miss Isaacs if ya nasty)! This bitch keeps her promises, so good on her for that, at least. The Academy is still Dead (White) Men Walking, but this is hope that it won't always be like that.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDorian

Phyllida Lloyd – “The Iron Lady,” “Mamma Mia!”

well, that's just embarrassing

They gave The Iron Lady two Oscars!

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Lol at Wonder Woman mentioned for Patty Jenkins when it is not out yet.

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterchinoiserie

Volvagia -- it's really all in the individual perception (people come at showbiz and pop culture from all different angles and the Academy is mostly film people with some TV thrown in). I've never even heard of Saints Row/Legend of Korra but i like Daniel Dae Kim.

Dorian - she really does do what she says she will.

Chinoiserie & Everyone -- i really don't think the titles cited are "this is why you're invited" but just the practice of listing credits, recently usually, after an artists name which has been entertainment journalism practice as long as i"ve been alive.

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

This kiwi is very happy for Cliff Curtis and Taika Waititi!

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterbrooooke

I am glad David Boyega and Oscar Issac got in but why them and not Daisy Ridley? Does she not have at least 3 credits in her resume? She was the true breakout of Star Wars, not them.

Also yeah for Anika Noi Rose! So happy for her. Doesn anyone know if Kimberly Elise is already a member or not?

June 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Tom: Unless you count dubbing Only Yesterday? She doesn't. They'll invite her in for the 2017 or 2018 invite drives, then.

July 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

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