The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is inviting 105 artists and executives to join its ranks of voting members in 2008.
Among the invitees are several of this year's Oscar nominees and winners, including best actress winner Marion Cotillard, best supporting actress nominee Ruby Dee (right, who should have been a member since 1961, at least), director Jason Reitman, and screenwriters Tamara Jenkins, Diablo Cody, and Nancy Oliver.
Veteran screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière keeps getting invited – and apparently keeps ignoring his invitations – every year.
As per the Academy's press release, “the membership policies that the Academy adopted in 2004 in order to slow the growth of the organization would have allowed a maximum of 137 new members in 2008, but as in the previous years, the various branch committees sometimes 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.”
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.
Photos: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S. (Brolin), Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S. (Tichenor, Dee, Apatow), © Focus Features (Salles), © Warner Bros. (Li), Courtesy of AMPAS (Cohen)
The 2008 invitees are:
Sacha Baron Cohen (above, top photo)
Josh Brolin (above, middle photo)
Jet Li (above, lower photo)
Jonathan W. Brown
J. Michael Muro
Chris S. LeRoy
Live Action Short Films
J. J. George
Peter R. Newman
Clayton R. Hartley
Sandy Reynolds Wasco
Robert J. Kizer
Alyson Dee Moore
Melissa R. Stubbs
Edward T. Hirsh