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Oscar academy / Who's made the Acad's latest list?

Variety, June 27, 2004
By Addie Morfoot, Jill Feiwell, STAFF

In a first for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, org disclosed Monday the names of 127 industry artists and executives who received invitations over the weekend to join the org.

Acad has traditionally kept a zipped-lip policy on members, declining even to confirm to which branch a person belongs.

AMPAS prexy Frank Pierson told Daily Variety that honchos at the Acad wondered why this had never been done before, "because it's an honor for them to be asked."

Though the public unveiling had never occurred, "It suddenly seemed like a good idea."

Pierson also said that, as a positive side effect, it will help counter the impression that the Academy is filled with people who are too old or not qualified for membership.

"That's a very mistaken impression," he said. "Most members are active (in the industry) and continue to be active for years and years."

The list of invitees is filled with young people (for example, Scarlett Johansson, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Maggie Gyllenhaal); recent Oscar nominees including Shohreh Aghdashloo, Patricia Clarkson, Sean Penn and Ken Watanabe; and others who are active in the biz, including directors Miguel Arteta, Peter Chelsom and Fernando Meirelles and execs Chris Albrecht, Graham King and Jeff Robinov.

This year, the org even unveiled which branch initiated the invitation. Sofia Coppola, a double nominee this past year for "Lost in Translation," was invited to join both the writers and directors branches. If she joins, she can decide which branch to sign up for, since the org doesn't allow anyone to belong to more than one branch.

According to director of communications John Pavlik, until the 1930s, a list was published in a members-only publication.

During last year's piracy-screener battles, the Acad for the first time made a list of members available to studios. It wasn't a complete roster but rather a list of those who'd returned cards saying they'd accept responsibility for the screeners.

The list of new members will assist studio execs and consultants. Now, if a new person asks to be added to their lists for screeners or other mailings, the awards maven will know whether to take the request seriously.

Monday's list also indicated which branch invited the individuals.

In the past, invitations were extended twice yearly. Under a revised approach to membership, this slightly smaller group of invitees will be the only new members invited to join the roster in 2004.

In a release, Pierson noted entrance standards in all 14 branches have tightened considerably in the past dozen years in an attempt to further distinguish the org and "slow the growth of the Academy somewhat."

Pavlik added that since the selection process was in fact more difficult this year, and the slots more coveted, Monday's announcement served as a congratulatory letter of sorts. "There is really not much more to it than that," he said.

The invitees were chosen from an initial 348 submissions. Although the membership procedures instituted this year allow AMPAS to grow by a maximum of 30 new members annually, the Academy's voting membership actually will remain at about 5,880 members (depending on whether all of the invitees accept their invitations), the same size as last year.

Candidates for Academy membership are proposed by members and then considered by committees that rep org's 14 branches. Individuals nominated for Academy Awards , if not already members of the organization, are automatically considered by the appropriate committees, though not necessarily extended an invitation for membership.

(Timothy M. Gray contributed to this report.)

This year's crop of invitees, listed by membership subcategories are:

Actors Shohreh Aghdashloo Paul Bettany Keisha Castle-Hughes Patricia Clarkson Keith David Hope Davis Maggie Gyllenhaal Scarlett Johansson Viggo Mortensen Bill Nighy Sean Penn Audrey Tautou Ken Watanabe Treat Williams

Animators Bill Berg Brad Bird Aaron Blaise Sylvain Chomet Adam Elliot Tony Fucile Roger Gould Bud Luckey Dominique Monfery Steve Oedekerk Carlos Saldanha Shane Zalvin

Casting Suzanne Smith Ilene Starger

Cinematographers James Carter Jeff Cronenweth Ron Garcia Anastas Michos Kees Van Oostrum Amelia Vincent Dariusz Wolski

Costume Designers Aude Bronson Howard John David Ridge David Carl Robinson Penny Rose Jacqueline West

Directors Miguel Arteta Gurinder Chadha Peter Chelsom Sofia Coppola Michael Corrente Ashutosh Gowariker Shawn Adam Levy Gillies MacKinnon Fernando Meirelles Bruce Robinson

Documentary Joe Berlinger Lourdes Portillo Bruce Sinofsky

Executives Chris Albrecht Peter Block Rory Bruer Jeffrey M. Freedman Stephen A. Gilula Jere R. Hausfater James Horowitz Graham King Jay Rakow Jeff Robinov Sara Rose Michael Rudnitsky Courtenay L. Valenti Charles T. Viane Clark Woods

Film Editors Nick Moore Daniel Rezende Jamie Selkirk Lee Smith Craig Wood

Makeup/Hairstylists Jean A. Black Sue Cabral-Ebert Bill Corso Peter King Mary Hart Mastro Peter Montagna

Music Bill Abbott Nick Glennie-Smith Charles Martin (news - web sites) Inouye Annette Kudrak John Ottman

Producers Duncan S. Henderson William Horberg Loretha Jones Nancy Juvonen Stephen McEveety Don Murphy Gil Netter Deborah Schindler Jane Startz

Production Designers Ian Gracie Owen Paterson Anne Pritchard Barry Robison William Sandell

Public Relations Hilary Judge Clark Adam Fogelson Juli Goodwin Laura C. Kim Timothy Nett Paula Silver

Scientific and Technical Loren C. Carpenter

Set Decorators Robert Gould Denise Pizzini Leslie Pope

Live Action Short Films Florian Baxmeyer

Sound James F. Austin Michael Grant Hedges Avi Laniado David Lee Tony Pilkington Daniel Sperry Ethan Van der Ryn

Visual Effects John "DJ" DesJardin Scott Frankel Mark Freund Geoff Heron Robert Stromberg

Writers Shari Springer Berman L.M. Kit Carson Sofia Coppola D.V. DeVincentis Steven Knight Braulio Mantovani Robert Pulcini


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