Usually, one gains admission into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by either winning or getting nominated for an Academy Award. However, getting nominated/winning doesn’t always ensure an invite. By the same token, failing to win or get nominated doesn’t preclude one from being invited to join the Academy anyway.
Thus, here we are now, as AMPAS has invited a whole new slate of stars to join its esteemed ranks. Membership grants each member the right to vote in the annual Academy Awards. Not only will these stars get a say in who gets nominated for an Oscar, they’ll have a say in who wins.
In total, 276 people have been invited to join this year. Among those you might know:
Prince (a former winner, for Best Original Song Score in 1984 for “Purple Rain”)
Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons)
Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids, The Heat)
Todd Phillips (director of Old School, The Hangover trilogy)
Cliff Martinez (former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, who composed the scores for Drive, Traffic, and Spring Breakers)
Julie Delpy (actress-writer, Before Sunset / Before Midnight)
Sarah Polley (actress-writer, Away From Her, Take This Waltz)
Lena Dunham (actress-writer, HBO’s Girls)
In addition, the Academy invited actors Miriam Colon, Alma Martinez, Michael Pena, and Geno Silva, alongside cinematographer Eduart Grau, costume designer Paco Delgado, and soundman Jose Antonio Garcia. This move is believed to be in response to the outcry from Latino advocacy groups, which claim that Hispanic voices are underrepresented in the Academy’s ranks. The National Hispanic Media Coalition went on record criticizing AMPAS
after this year’s ceremony, the In Memoriam portion of which excluded late veteran Mexican-American actress Lupe Ontiveros.
In a statement, Academy president Hawk Koch said, “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today. Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
Via: Yahoo! Movies