Academy invites 115 to join its ranks
EmptyOne hundred fifteen filmmakers and executives ranging from actress Jennifer Aniston to director Simon West have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"These individuals are all exceptionally accomplished in their respective fields," Academy president Sid Ganis said. "We're looking forward to having them join the Academy's ranks."
The membership policies that the Academy adopted four years ago in order to slow the growth of the organization would have allowed a maximum of nearly 150 new members in 2007, but as in the previous three years, the branch committees endorsed far fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members for four years.
"The numbers are stabilizing nicely, but at the same time some interesting changes are occurring," Academy executive director Bruce Davis said. "Like the recent lists of Oscar nominees, our last few membership invitation lists have been increasingly international."
Those invited include such 2007 Oscar nominees and winners as actors Adriana Barraza, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy along with director Paul Greengrass and composer Gustavo Santaolalla.
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.
The 2007 invitees are:
Jackie Earle Haley
M. David Mullen
Xavier Perez Grobet
Frank J. Chiocchi
Valerie Van Galder
Andrew W. Gumpert
Michael J. Lambert
Live-action short films:
John E. Jackson
Michael J. Benavente
Steven D. Williams
John Andrew Berton Jr.
Alan E. Lorimer
Douglas H. Smith
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Erin Cressida Wilson