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Beyonce, Anthony Mackie, Terence Blanchard + 175 More Invited To Join The Academy

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 19, 2011 12:07 PM
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Several of you sent this to me, asking for my thoughts. Well, I saw it when it was initially made public on Friday, after the press release was sent out; but I really don't have anything to say about it. Sorry guys...

This is one of those *shrug* items for me.

But, by all means, please feel free to talk amongst yourselves if you'd like. Don't let my apathy hold you back :)

Press release from The Academy below:

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy’s roster of members.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April. Hetherington had been a 2010 nominee for his film “Restrepo,” but died prior to the Academy’s spring meetings to select new members. The Documentary Branch proposed that Hetherington’s name be included among the year’s invitees. The governors agreed.

The 2011 invitees are:

Actors
Russell Brand – “Arthur,” “Get Him to the Greek”
Gerard Butler – “The Ugly Truth,” “300”
Vincent Cassel – “Black Swan,” “Eastern Promises”
Robbie Coltrane – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Mona Lisa”
Bradley Cooper – “Limitless,” “The Hangover”
John Corbett – “Sex and the City 2,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
Rosemarie DeWitt – “The Company Men,” “Rachel Getting Married”
Peter Dinklage – “Find Me Guilty,” “The Station Agent”
David Duchovny – “Things We Lost in the Fire,” “The X-Files”
Jesse Eisenberg – “The Social Network,” “The Squid and the Whale”
Jennifer Garner – “Arthur,” “Juno”
John Hawkes – “Winter’s Bone,” “The Perfect Storm”
Thomas Jane – “The Mist,” “The Thin Red Line”
Nastassja Kinski – “An American Rhapsody,” “Tess”
Beyonce Knowles – “Dreamgirls,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
Mila Kunis – “Black Swan,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone,” “The Burning Plain”
Tea Leoni – “Ghost Town,” “Spanglish”
Anthony Mackie – “The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”
Lesley Manville – “Another Year,” “Topsy-Turvy”
Rooney Mara – “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Social Network”
Dominic Monaghan – “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Connie Nielsen – “Brothers,” “Gladiator”
Ellen Page – “Inception,” “Juno”
Wes Studi – “Avatar,” “The Last of the Mohicans”
Mia Wasikowska – “Jane Eyre,” “The Kids Are All Right”
Jacki Weaver – “Animal Kingdom,” “Cosi”

Animators
Geefwee Boedoe – “Let’s Pollute,” “Monsters, Inc.”
Alessandro Carloni – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Over the Hedge”
Sylvain Chomet – “The Illusionist,” “The Triplets of Belleville”
Jakob Hjort Jensen – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Flushed Away”
Biljana Labovic – “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” “Idiots and Angels”
Tomm Moore – “The Secret of Kells,” “Backwards Boy”
Teddy Newton – “Day & Night,” “Ratatouille”
Bob Peterson – “Up,” “Finding Nemo” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Javier Recio Gracia – “The Lady and the Reaper,” “The Missing Lynx”
Andrew Ruhemann – “The Lost Thing,” “City Paradise”
Kristof Serrand – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”
Shaun Tan – “The Lost Thing,” “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
Simon Wells – “Mars Needs Moms,” “The Prince of Egypt”

Art Directors
Anahid Nazarian – “The Virgin Suicides,” “The Godfather, Part III”
Lauren E. Polizzi – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

At-Large
George Aguilar
Barry Bernardi
Christopher Dodd
Ted Gagliano
James L. Honore
Dawn Hudson
Beverly Pasterczyk
Randall Poster
Ric Robertson
David Schnuelle
Randy Spendlove
Beverly Joanna Wood

Casting Directors
Nina Gold – “The King’s Speech,” “Jane Eyre”
Jina Jay – “The Reader,” “Layer Cake”
Lora Kennedy – “The Town,” “Syriana”

Cinematographers
Frank Byers – “Illegal Tender,” “Boxing Helena”
Patrick Cady – “Lottery Ticket,” “Broken Bridges”
Danny Cohen – “The King’s Speech,” “Pirate Radio”
Lukas Ettlin – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Middle Men”
Steven Fierberg – “Love & Other Drugs,” “Secretary”
Barry Markowitz – “Crazy Heart,” “Sling Blade”
Charles Minsky – “Valentine’s Day,” “Pretty Woman”
Lawrence Sher – “The Hangover,” “Garden State”
Eric Steelberg – “Up in the Air,” “(500) Days of Summer”

Costume Designers
Odile Dicks-Mireaux – “An Education,” “The Constant Gardener”
Sarah Edwards – “Salt,” “Michael Clayton”
Danny Glicker – “Up in the Air,” “Milk”

Directors
Gregg Araki – “Kaboom,” “Nowhere”
Susanne Bier – “In a Better World,” “After the Wedding”
Neil Burger – “Limitless,” “The Illusionist”
Lisa Cholodenko – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Debra Granik – “Winter’s Bone,” “Down to the Bone” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Tom Hooper – “The King’s Speech,” “The Damned United”
John Cameron Mitchell – “Rabbit Hole,” “Shortbus”
Yojiro Takita – “Departures,” “Himitsu”

Documentary
Jon Alpert – “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province,” “Lock-up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island”
Amir Bar-Lev – “The Tillman Story,” “Fighter”
Lesley Chilcott – “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” “It Might Get Loud”
Carl Deal – “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Trouble the Water”
Charles Ferguson – “Inside Job,” “No End in Sight”
Tim Hetherington – “Restrepo” (posthumous)
Sebastian Junger – “Restrepo”
Thomas Lennon – “The Warriors of Qiugang,” “The Blood of Yingzhou District”
Diane Weyermann – “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” “Food, Inc.”
Ruby Yang – “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” “The Warriors of Qiugang”

Executives
William J. Damaschke
Richard M. Fay
Donna Langley
Leslie Moonves
Vanessa L. Morrison
Bill Pohlad
Rich Ross
Jeff Small
Thomas Tull

Film Editors
Tariq Anwar – “The King’s Speech,” “American Beauty”
Naomi Geraghty – “Limitless,” “Reservation Road”
Jon Harris – “127 Hours,” “Layer Cake”
Darren Holmes – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Iron Giant”
Pamela Martin – “The Fighter,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Joel Negron – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “The Karate Kid”
Terilyn A. Shropshire – “Jumping the Broom,” “Eve’s Bayou”
Angus Wall – “The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Andrew Weisblum – “The Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”

Live Action Short Films
Luke Matheny – “God of Love,” “Earano”

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Judy Chin – “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”
Kathrine Gordon – “3:10 to Yuma,” “Ocean’s Eleven”
Trefor Proud – “W.,” “Topsy-Turvy”
Cindy Jane Williams – “Burlesque,” “Hancock”
Wesley Wofford – “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” “A Beautiful Mind”

Music
Terence Blanchard – “Inside Man,” “Malcolm X”
Fernand Bos – “Crazy Heart,” “Cold Mountain”
Graeme Revell – “Darfur Now,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”

Producers
Iain Canning – “Oranges and Sunshine,” “The King’s Speech”
Cean Chaffin – “The Social Network,” “Fight Club”
Kevin Feige – “Thor,” “Iron Man”
Gary Goetzman – “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Mamma Mia!”
Sisse Graum Jorgensen – “In a Better World,” “After the Wedding”
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon”
Todd Lieberman – “The Fighter,” “The Proposal”
Robert Lorenz – “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Mystic River”
Celine Rattray – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Grace Is Gone”
Emile Sherman – “The King’s Speech,” “Candy”
Emma Thomas – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
Gareth Unwin – “The King’s Speech,” “Exam”

Production Designers
Howard Cummings – “I Love You, Beth Cooper,” “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker”
Therese DePrez – “Black Swan,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”
Guy Hendrix Dyas – “Inception,” “The Brothers Grimm”
Jess Gonchor – “True Grit,” “Capote”
Jane Musky – “Something Borrowed,” “Finding Forrester”
Eve Stewart – “The King’s Speech,” “Topsy-Turvy”

Public Relations
Susan Ciccone
Alissa Grayson
Jeffrey Hall
Jill Ann Jones
Mark Markline
Carmelo Pirrone
Ira Rubenstein
David Schneiderman
Loren Schwartz
Lance Volland

Set Decorators
Judy Farr – “The King’s Speech,” “Death at a Funeral”
Gene Serdena – “The Fighter,” “House of Sand and Fog”

Sound
Andrew DeCristofaro – “Hall Pass,” “Crazy Heart”
Joe Dorn – “The Wolfman,” “Spider-Man 3”
Marc Fishman – “Bridesmaids,” “Crash”
Lora Hirschberg – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
Chris Jargo – “Robin Hood,” “American Gangster”
John Midgley – “The King’s Speech,” “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”
Ed Novick – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
Hammond Peek – “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Brian Vessa – “Nemesis,” “Lambada”
Mark Weingarten – “The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Visual Effects
Tim Alexander – “Rango,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
Rob Bredow – “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Polar Express”
Tim Burke – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Gladiator”
Peter Chesney – “No Country for Old Men,” “Men in Black”
Paul Franklin – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
Kevin Tod Haug – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Quantum of Solace”
Florian Kainz – “Mission: Impossible III,” “The Perfect Storm”
Marshall Krasser – “Iron Man 2,” “Titanic”
Sean Phillips – “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Polar Express”
Peter G. Travers – “Watchmen,” “The Matrix Reloaded”
Brian Van't Hul – “Coraline,” “I, Robot”
Mark H. Weingartner – “Sex and the City 2,” “Inception”

Writers
Stuart Blumberg – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Keeping the Faith”
Lisa Cholodenko – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon” (also invited to the Directors Branch)
Debra Granik – “Winter’s Bone,” “Down to the Bone” (also invited to the Directors Branch)
Karen McCullah Lutz – “The Ugly Truth,” “Legally Blonde”
Aline Brosh McKenna – “27 Dresses,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Bob Peterson – “Up,” “Finding Nemo” (also invited to the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch)
David Rabe – “The Firm,” “Casualties of War”
Anne Rosellini – “Winter’s Bone”
David Seidler – “The King’s Speech,” “The King & I”
Scott Silver – “The Fighter,” “8 Mile”
Kirsten Smith – “The Ugly Truth,” “Legally Blonde”
Aaron Sorkin – “The Social Network,” “A Few Good Men”
Daniel Waters – “Batman Returns,” “Heathers”

Additionally, the Academy invited John Coffey, Risa Gertner and Robert C. Rosenthal to Associate membership. Associate members are not represented on the Board and do not have Academy Awards® voting privileges.

Individuals invited to join multiple branches must select one branch upon accepting membership. New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

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12 Comments

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2011 7:59 AMReply

    I continue to be perplexed by some of the comments and the sound of crickets

    Well, I understand the crickets. Listen to them one more time... “From those of you in the know, is there any more diversity in the production categories? I saw some Asian names, but I am unaware of the other new members of color” ..... Silence!

    But here’s another that caught my eye... “The Academy is all backwards and screwed up now. I thought so when I hear Tyler Perry was a member of the director’s branch 2 years ago”

    So, the Academy is screwed up “NOW”? And you came to that revelation when Tyler became a member!!!??? Damn Damn Damn. Someone will have to explain the reasoning behind that assessment?

    Now I know this is just a board in the sky but sometimes I wonder what propels some folks to say the dandiest things... “Beyonce making the list is more than likely Clint Eastwood’s doing…possibly a shoe-in for ASIB. Pure politics…money ain’t got shit to do with it”

    It’s Clint’s “fault” and MONEY, the mean green cheddar cheese that makes everyone scream, does not have shit to do with it?! Lord have mercy, if I am not mistaken, the movie are not a place higher learning, nor The Salvation Army. Money-money and MO MONEY is the name of the game. For the love of money people will steal from their mother. People will rob their own brother for the love of money. People will lie, Lord, they will cheat for the love of money. People don't care who they hurt or beat. A woman will sell her precious body for a small piece of paper it carries a lot of weight, call it lean, mean, mean green. I mean, if it ain’t got shit to do with money, Skippy’s a punk.

    And oh lord, the following really has me SMH.

    “Beyonce on this list is an insult to actors and the craft of acting. Glad to see Anthony Mackie among the invited….definitely well deserved”

    Okay, I know many will agree with that statement, but let’s take a little test. First, I am not dropping salt on Mr. Mackie, but in 3 seconds or less, name the character Anthony played in the following movies. And what was so great about his performances? Here we go....


    Night Catches Us

    2009 Desert Flower

    2009 Notorious. Yeah NO-Notorious. The worst Tupoc on earth. He was out of his element.

    2008 Eagle Eye

    2008 The Hurt Locker

    2008 American Violet. Come on, quick, how did he stand out in that movie while ol’girl, Beherie(sp) is moving on up.... to the bedroom with Tom, Dick and any Harry Bo Scary. And Anthony’s great performances continue...

    2007 “Ascension Day”. WHO? What? When” oh my. Lions, Tiger and Bears, but where is Mr. Anthony?
    2006 We Are Marshall?
    2006 Crossover?
    2006 Heavens Fall??
    2006 Freedomland?
    “Half Nelson”? Someone will have to tell me, was Anthony a black All-Star wrestler in that one? Maybe it’s time to tap the mat, but let’s continue...
    2005 “The Man“. Okay, I know many of you are stumped, so this is a gimme. His name was Booty! That’s right. The man called Booty. :-)

    2004 Million Dollar Baby. What, Million Dollar Baby, Anthony was in that? **snide grin**
    2004 Sucker Free City
    2004 “Haven” . Now I know everyone remembers that role? Come on now, a hint: “You can’t touch this”.... It’s hammer time baby... his name was Hammer.

    2004 “She Hate Me“. I know we don’t even want to talk about that masterpiece. but let’s hurry up and get out of this... ah... well deserving place.
    2004 The Manchurian Candidate
    2004 Brother to Brother

    Well folks, based on what I’ve read, bones are being thrown by a lot of people and to many folks. Someone will have to tell me what’s really going on.

  • Anonymous | June 21, 2011 5:37 AMReply

    “distinguished herself by her contributions to theatrical motion pictures”M/b>

    If by distinguished they mean putting butts in seats and yielding unexpected high box-office draws...then she has place because her presence on the 'acting scene' has done just that.

    Congrats to all the invitees.

  • Nadell | June 21, 2011 3:21 AMReply

    @ Chele Belle
    THANK YOU!

  • Geneva Girl | June 20, 2011 8:01 AMReply

    I'm curious: From those of you in the know, is there any more diversity in the production categories? I saw some Asian names, but I am unaware of the other new members of color.

  • Quentin | June 20, 2011 5:35 AMReply

    "And was surprised by the actors who were not already Academy members i.e. Vincent Cassel and Nastassja Kinski." -- Chele

    You can that again. Beyonce gets invited with Ellen Page who was nominated like 3 years ago for best actress. You would think she would've already gotten the invite back then. The Academy is all backwards and screwed up now. I thought so when I hear Tyler Perry was a member of the director's branch 2 years ago.

  • Quentin | June 20, 2011 5:24 AMReply

    I would understand her being invited to the Music branch. But the acting branch? Has she proven she can act yet? Not from what I've seen thus far.

    The Academy continues to let me down.

  • ladyb | June 20, 2011 5:14 AMReply

    Beyonce making the list is more than likely Clint Eastwood's doing...possibly a shoe-in for ASIB. Pure politics...money ain't got shit to do with it.

  • Qalil.com | June 20, 2011 4:51 AMReply

    I tried.

    I swear, I tried to conjure up some emotion about this, but with Hollywood producing dismal movies - thank you coz in this economy, who can afford to watch so many movies - I have no idea who is doing what, where and to whom.

    I'm still trying to forget some Hollywood names.

    So, MEH *one shoulder shrug*

    Qalil.com

  • sandra | June 20, 2011 4:43 AMReply

    Beyonce Inc. is buying everything and everyone.

  • Vio12 | June 20, 2011 3:31 AMReply

    I can't even begin to fathom how Beyonce has "distinguished herself by her contributions to theatrical motion pictures"........seriously?

  • CareyCarey | June 20, 2011 2:44 AMReply

    Apathy.... Huuuum? Well, I guess that's where I am at.

    But I come here this morning to give a resounding WTF? But hold up you dirty crooks, I made you look, stop looking @ Beyounce‘s pocket book. I mean, someone mentioned her money and another implied that Tyler Perry’s inclusion in the academy was somehow wrong. Someone has NOTdone their homework.

    Oh no, how could I begrudge her a spot among 6000 others whom I don’t know who they are nor their backgrounds, nor the exact qualifications needed to get an invitation to the big dance. “YEAH Anthony... Boo Beyounce” WTF? Excuse me, let the naysayers tell me how Anthony slides under the side-eye of the black jealousy radar.

    First and foremost, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an organization of talented individuals who are being used to assess talent. Now, talent comes in many flavors.

    Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach was 5’ 7” and couldn’t play a lick of basketball to save his soul, however, he knew talent. The man couldn’t dunk a basketball but he lead the Boston Celtics to 9 NBA Championships.

    Kirk Franklin can’t sing a lick, but the man obviously knows talent and is one of the hardest working men in show business. And, he’s a millionaire because of his combined talents of working extremely hard, assessing talent, and having his thumb on the pulse of the general public; not worrying about opinions of the wanne-be’s and natural born haters.

    Some negroes what their cake and eat it too.... “Oh lawd, we’s don’t have enough voice in dat der O-CAT-O-ME ”... “Oh no, that black ass Beyounce- with her fine ass-don’t belong in the O-CAT-O-Me-Oh my, with them white folks, and neither do dat Tyler fella”

    It goes without question that Beyounce has talent and has worked extremely hard to reach her level of success, so why should I or anyone question her position as a member of the academy? Who among us has researched the other fat cat deep pockets to see how they fit at the table. That reminds, you make the call... Beyounce or some racist pig that knows nothing, and cares little about the African American culture, which could set him on the outside of being able to honestly judge our talent?

    In short, although some believe Beyounce is a poor actor, she brings much more to the table... and it goes without saying that her acting is improving. She belongs at the big table.

  • Chele Belle | June 20, 2011 2:29 AMReply

    I have no problems...with any of them...however let's be honest...Beyonce on this list is an insult to actors and the craft of acting. And was surprised by the actors who were not already Academy members i.e. Vincent Cassel and Nastassja Kinski. Glad to see Anthony Mackie among the invited....definitely well deserved.

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