The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made history this week, ushering in a record class of new members from across the world. This group of 928 artists was a cross-section of people across the industry, from performers to producers to behind-the-scenes crew.
We’ve already highlighted some of the exciting new entries into the Academy ranks, but another thing that stands out from this list is a large number of actors and actresses with extensive TV experience. Some created iconic roles decades ago, while some are series regulars on shows still going strong.
So while you peruse the impressive collection of new members, here are some folks whose TV work you might know best.
Andrews has been a part of some of the best-loved TV ensembles of the last decade. In addition to his work on “Lost” and “Sense8,” he can currently be seen on CBS’ “Instinct,” which was recently renewed for Season 2.
The vocal chameleon has had a solid film career, but he’s perhaps best known for voicing a number of characters on “The Simpsons.” Most recently, he’s played the self-destructive title baseball announcer on IFC’s “Brockmire.”
Bae has plenty of experience in international TV, starring in dramas produced on opposite sides of the Pacific. After appearing in a handful of Korean series and becoming a regular part of the Wachowski universe, Bae just wrapped up her “Sense8” role in the recently released feature-length series finale.
First a TV series regular on the ’90s sitcom “Cybill,” Baranski’s gone on to do a great job as Diane Lockhart on both “The Good Wife” and the underappreciated CBS All Access spinoff “The Good Fight.”
Capt. Raymond Holt is one of the great comedy characters in recent memory, thanks to Braugher’s perfect deadpan delivery. Paired with his work on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” it’s a legendary career even before you start adding in everything else (a “BoJack Horseman” cameo and “Men of a Certain Age” to name a few) that isn’t a police-centered show.
Before becoming one of the central members of the fantastic “GLOW” ensemble, Brie spent time on “Mad Men,” “Community,” and is still a key part of “BoJack Horseman.”
In addition to his many recent appearances in studio summer comedies, Buress has a healthy roster of TV guest spots, including stops on “Easy,” “Crashing,” and “30 Rock.” He’s also made regular appearances on “Broad City” and is a mainstay on “The Eric Andre Show.”
Aside from his newest megadeal with Netflix, “Chappelle’s Show” was one of the most influential TV series of the 2000s.
For Chlumsky, shorter stints on “Hannibal” and “Halt and Catch Fire” have bookended a fantastic ongoing run as Amy Brookheimer on “Veep.”
Colman is a vet of laugh-out-loud comedies and searing dramas alike, from her time on “Peep Show” through her work on “Broadchurch” and the more recent limited series “The Night Manager.” An entire new audience will soon know her as Queen Elizabeth after Season 3 of “The Crown.”
Dickens has had a front-row seat to the evolution of TV drama. Starting with her work on “Deadwood,” she’s also played pivotal roles on “Lost,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Treme,” and “House of Cards.” Dickens most recently wrapped up a four-season run as one of the leads on the AMC spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.”
Creating two instantly iconic supporting roles in “The Leftovers” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Dowd also has plenty of experience on other cable dramas (“Good Behavior”), premium-cable prestige (“Masters of Sex”), and limited series (“Olive Kitteridge”) as well.
Most of Headey’s career has been on the film side. (If you haven’t seen “Dredd,” she’s great in “Dredd.” Let’s get another “Dredd” movie going already.) But her crowning (sorry) achievement is Cersei Lannister, the center around which the “Game of Thrones” universe now revolves.
Before his stellar turn in “Moonlight,” Holland was a standout regular on “The Knick.” This summer, he’ll be a central figure in the new world of “Castle Rock,” the mystery-box entry in the new Hulu programming lineup.
Catapulted to notoriety via “The Hangover,” Jeong was another 2018 inductee who was once part of the “Community” crew. In addition, he starred in his own multicam sitcom “Dr. Ken” for two seasons on ABC.
Jones has experience as a screenwriter and a documentarian in addition to her work on multiple TV series. Making her way through runs on “Boston Public” and “The Office,” Jones has been an indispensable lead on “Angie Tribeca,” which returns for Season 4 this year.
After serving as both writer and cast member on “The Office,” her series “The Mindy Project” ran 117 episodes across Fox and Hulu. Her most recent show as an EP, “Champions,” premiered on NBC in March.
As a late night host and sitcom star, Lopez has had a number of TV shows across broadcast and cable: “Lopez,” “George Lopez,” “Lopez Tonight,” “Saint George.” Last year, the comedian starred alongside Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer in the BET series “The Comedy Get Down.”
He was nominated for an Oscar before an Emmy, but Nanjiani still has a solid stronghold in the TV world. A recurring figure on “Portlandia” and part of the team on “Franklin and Bash” before that, his Dinesh Chugtai is a core member of “Silicon Valley,” which will likely return for Season 6 in 2019.
Park has been one of the anchors of “Fresh Off the Boat,” starring alongside Constance Wu as the parents of the Huang family. Aside from his recurring role as Governor Danny Chung on “Veep,” Park has also popped up for appearances on “Wet Hot American Summer,” “The Mindy Project,” and Jonah Ray’s “Hidden America.”
Seducing the world as Oberyn Martell, Pascal has made plenty of stops on TV series before and after his memorable “Game of Thrones” turn, including a run on “The Good Wife” and most recently on last year’s season of “Narcos.” In addition to the Netflix series, Pascal previously played law enforcement officials on “Graceland” and “The Mentalist.”
A fixture on “The Wire,” Pierce went on to star in creator David Simon’s follow-up series “Treme.” Co-starring as Clarence Thomas in the HBO movie “Confirmation,” Pierce has also made lengthy stops on “Ray Donovan,” “Suits,” “The Odd Couple,” and will next be seen on Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” show due out at the end this summer.
Pinkett Smith has been living it up as Fish Mooney on the first three seasons of “Gotham.” Her big break came in the early 90s in “A Different World” before eventually starring for three seasons in the TNT medical drama “Hawthorne.”
After a brief stint on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Rodriguez made the leap to a very different kind of TV soap opera. She’s been the star of “Jane the Virgin” for the past four seasons on The CW, picking up a Golden Globe win for the role in the process.
The co-creator and star of “Inside Amy Schumer,” which ran on Comedy Central for four seasons, Schumer has had standup hours on both HBO (“Live at the Apollo”) and Netflix (“The Leather Special”).
One of the first basic cable performers to be in regular Emmy contention, Sedgwick was a perennial TNT highlight on “The Closer.” After a few years away from a series regular role, she returned to TV last fall with the ABC limited series “Ten Days in the Valley.”
Starting as a “Saturday Night Live” featured player, Silverman went on to be part of the “Mr. Show” ensemble. A decade later, her metasitcom “The Sarah Silverman Program.” ran for a trio of seasons on Comedy Central. She’s now the host of “I Love You, America” on Hulu.
Before becoming a regular in the FX Noah Hawley-verse, Smart was First Lady Martha Logan on “24” Seasons 5 and 6. After a pivotal part in “Fargo” Season 2 and an ongoing role on “Legion,” Smart is next set to appear in the upcoming Bravo adaptation of the true crime podcast “Dirty John.”
Beyond her quintessential voice work as Lisa on “The Simpsons,” Smith has also been a featured guest on shows from “Dharma & Greg” to “Revenge” to “Fresh Off the Boat”
Williams created one of the 21st century’s most iconic characters in Omar Little on “The Wire.” Going on to play Chalky White on “Boardwalk Empire,” Williams’ most recent TV roles include prison king Freddy Knight in “The Night Of” and the latter half of the title duo of “Hap and Leonard.”