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Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay, Prince and Milla Jovovich Among 276 Invited to Join Academy

Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay, Prince and Milla Jovovich Among 276 Invited to Join Academy

It’s always been hard to get into the Academy, but these days it helps to be young, gifted and black. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 276 artists and executives to join the organization, 100 more than they invited last year. 

Of late, AMPAS has been anxious to improve the membership’s dominant white male senior demo  by inviting a diverse and youthful slate of members, many of them women. Of course, the members reflect the industry of which they are the leaders, but the recent LAT study showing that Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, with blacks comprising about 2% of the Academy, and Latinos at less than 2%, are disturbing indeed. According to the study, Oscar voters have a median age of 62, and folks younger than 50 make up 14% of members.

Among the invitees to the Academy’s largest branch are actors Jason Bateman, Michael Pena, Lucy Liu, Rosario Dawson, Kimberly Elise, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, action star Milla Jovovich, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Schwartzman and on the senior side, last year’s best actress nominee for “Amour,” Parisian Emmanuelle Riva

Directors invited to join the Academy include “Middle of Nowhere” helmer Ava DuVernay, Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”), Steve McQueen (“Shame”), 2013 “Beasts of the Southern Wild” nominee Benh Zeitlin, controversial Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and 2013 foreign-language nominee Pablo Larrain (“No”). The Academy also welcomed more documentary filmmakers than usual –42 over last year’s 11–to join the small branch of 173 members, from French auteur Agnes Varda to Oscar-nominated “The Invisible War” producer Amy Ziering.

On the writers’ side are invites to some of the strongest female voices in entertainment, including Lena Dunham, Sarah Polley and Julie Delpy. Rising star filmmakers Rian Johnson (“Looper”) and Jeff Nichols (“Mud”) also join the group.

The Academy usually adds a few new members to each branch; thus an array of cinematographers, editors, producers (Jason Blum of “Paranormal Activity” fame), designers, animators(TV’s Matt Groening, “The Simpsons Movie”), composers (Prince), executives (new Warner studio chief Kevin Tsujihara) and other film craftspeople also got coveted invites in the mail. 

The complete list of prospective 2013 members is on the Academy website and below:


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,” “Startup.com”

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

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