Friday, June 28, 2013

Welcome Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 276 new members to join the club.  What's notable about this years announcement list is that the Academy seems to actually be kinda/sorta listening to some of the complaints that have been hurled in their direction.  The ratio of female vs. male / Caucasian vs. non-Caucasians on the list is about even.  That can only mean good things, but there is but a caveat in that being invited to join the Academy doesn't mean everyone will accept, and further along that it will make a tremendous amount of difference in the stodginess of the yearly proceedings.  Bitterness aside, welcome new members:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Jason Bateman (Up in the Air, Juno)
Miriam Colon (City of Hope, Scarface)
Rosario Dawson (Rent, 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: Volume One, Chicago)
Jennifer Lopez (What to Expect When You're Expecting, Selena)
Alma Martinez (Born in East L.A., Under Fire)
Emily Mortimer (Hugo, Lars & the Real Girl)
Sandra Oh (Rabbit Hole, Sideways)
Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Precious)
Michael Pena (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)

Pablo Larrain

Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair, Truth About Men)
Ava DuVernay* (Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow)
Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids)
Catherine Hardwick (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, City of Shadows)
Jafar Panahi* (This Is Not a Film, The Circle)
Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School)
Joachim Ronning (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)

Sarah Polley

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 & 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)

Luca Bigazzi (This Must Be the Place, Certified Copy)
Benoit Delhomme (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Proposition)
Simon Duggan (The Great Gatsby, Killer Elite)
Greig Fraser (Zero Dark Thirty, Snow White & the Huntsmen)
Greg Gardiner (Race to Witch Mountain, Elf)
Eric Gautier (Into the Wild, The Motorcycle Diaries)
Agnes 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)

Paco Delgado (Les Miserables, 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)
Sefan Paul Dechant (Oz: The Great & Powerful, True Grit)
Tracey A. Doyle (The Muppets, 21)
Anna Lynch-Robinson (Les Miserables, An Education)
Maria Nay (Identity Thief, Ray)
David Smith (Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Holiday)

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 & Death of Peoples Temple, In the Shadow of the Stars)
Christine Choy (Iin 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 Cancoes, Cabra Marcado Para Morrer)
Miriam Cutler (Kings Point, Ethel)
Andrea Nix 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 the Cha Jung Hee)
Heddy Honigmann (El Olvido, Crazy)
Vikram Jayanti (The Agony & the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, Game Over: Kasparov & the Machine)
Peter Kinoy (Poverty Outlaw, When the Mountains Tremble)
Claude Lanzmann (Le Rapport Karski, Shoah)
Kim Longinotto (Rough Aunties, Sisters in Law)
Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life & Death of Peoples Temple)
Jehane Noujaim (Control Room,
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Transgenders: Pakistand's Open Secret, Saving Face)
Marcel Ophuls (Hotel Terminus: The Life & Times of Klaus Barbie, The Sorrow & the Pity)
José Padilha (Secrets of the Tribe, Bus 174)
Jafar Panahi* (This Is Not a Film, The Circle)
Elise Pearlstein (Last Call at the Oasis, Food, Inc.)
Raoul Peck (Fatal Assistance, Lumumba: La Morte du Prophéte)
Kevin Rafferty (Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, The Atomic Cafe)
J. Ralph* (Chasing Ice, Man on Wire)
Bob Richman (Paradise Lost: 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))
Agnés Varda (The Beaches of Agnés, The Gleaners & 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

Michael Berenbaum (What to Expect When You're Expecting, Sex & 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)

Lusia Able (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 & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 & 2)
Kelvin R. Traham (Argo, Memoirs of a Geisha)
Lisa Westcott (Les Miserables, 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 Hisasishi (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 & The City)

Stefan Arndt (Amour, The White Ribbon)
Jason Blum (The Purge, Paranormal Activity)
Finola Dwyer (Quartet, An Education)
Jack Giarraptuo (Anger Management, The Wedding Singer)
Veit Heiduschka (Amour, The White Ribbon)
Lloyd Levin (Green Zone, Watchmen)
Julia Lynn (Albert Nobbs, Nine Lives)
Margaret Menegoz (Amour, The White Ribbon)
Andrea Sperling (Smashed, Like Crazy)

Rachel Cadden
Theresa Cross
Jeff S. Elefterion
Julie Fontaine
Jackson George
Anne Globe
Michael Lawson
Dennis O'Connor
Blair Rich
John G. Sabel

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"

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"

Lorrie Bartlett
Paul Bronfman
Markham L. Goldstein
Robert Harvey
Gregory S. Laemmle
Sandra Marsh
Adam Schweitzer
Kimberly Snyder
Matthew L. Snyder
Les Zellan

*This invitee was selected for more than one branch of the Academy, for which he/she will have to choose which branch they would like to join.

What do think?  Does this field have the chance to change things up and dust off the cobwebs of some of the very old and bad habits of the Academy?  Who are you most excited about being invited?  Who are you surprised by?

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