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Academy Invites 120 New Members + Jerusalem Film Festival Winners

Academy Invites 120 to Membership

Among the Academy's interesting choices for new members are former child star Hayley Mills, who won a special Oscar in 1961 for playing Pollyanna the year before; child star Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), who won't have to wait decades to become an Academy member; screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who has been around for decades - he was a Luis Buñuel collaborator - but only now gets an invitation; director Werner Herzog, another veteran with more than fifty films to his credit; and animator Hayao Miyazaki.

The most glaring omission - that I could tell - was Michelle Williams. Fellow Brokeback Mountain Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger were invited. She is not in the list.

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA –  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended membership invitations to 120 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves in the field of theatrical motion pictures. The group will be the only new voting members invited to join the organization in 2006.

“Two years ago the Academy decided to slow membership growth, and to become even more selective in choosing members," said Academy President Sid Ganis. “Instead of inviting every proposed person who has achieved the minimum qualifications for his or her branch, the membership committees are selecting the most exceptionally qualified names from those lists.”

Procedures instituted two years ago allow the organization to fill vacancies resulting from death and transitions to retired (non-voting) status and grow by a maximum of 30 new members annually.

Candidates for Academy membership are considered by committees made up of prominent representatives of each of the organization's 14 branches –  art directors, executives, film editors, etc. Candidates can either be proposed by the committees or by two current members of their branch. In addition, individuals nominated for Academy Awards®, if not already members of the organization, are considered by the appropriate committees, though not necessarily invited to membership. This year, 39 of the invitees were 2005 nominees and eight won Oscars®.

Though the great majority of AMPAS members are based in the U.S., membership is open to qualified filmmakers around the world. The Academy roster currently includes theatrical motion picture makers from 36 countries.

New members will be welcomed into the organization at an invitation-only reception on Wednesday, September 20, at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills.

ACTORS
Amy Adams
Eric Bana
Maria Bello
Dakota Fanning
Jake Gyllenhaal
Terrence Howard
Felicity Huffman
Keira Knightley
Heath Ledger
Hayley Mills
Barry Pepper
Joaquin Phoenix
Jon Polito
Ving Rhames
Liev Schreiber
David Strathairn
Rachel Weisz

AT-LARGE
Grover Crisp
Louis D'Esposito
Daniel Glickman
Steve Papazian
David Young

ANIMATORS
Wayne Allwine
Mark Andrews
Steve Box
John Canemaker
Will Finn
Rex Grignon
Andrew Jimenez
Tim Johnson
Hayao Miyazaki

CASTING DIRECTORS
Sarah Halley Finn
Randi Hiller

CINEMATOGRAPHERS
Lance Acord
Paul Cameron
Cesar Charlone
Denis Lenoir
Wally Pfister
Roberto Schaefer
Sandi Sissel
Tom Stern
Salvatore Totino

COSTUME DESIGNERS
Jacqueline Durran
Janty Yates

DIRECTORS
Werner Herzog
Nicole Holofcener
Gavin Hood
Bennett Miller
Mark Waters

DOCUMENTARY
Paola di Florio
Alex Gibney
Hubert Sauper

EXECUTIVES
Gail Berman
Jeff Bewkes
Colin Callender
Andrew E. Cripps
Hal Gaba
Elizabeth Gabler
Douglas Mankoff
Michael Paseornek
Paul Schaeffer
Jonathan Sehring
Michael J. Werner

FILM EDITORS
Tom Finan
Wayne Wahrman
Hughes Winborne

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS
Pia Clemente
Martin McDonagh
Rob Pearlstein

MAKE-UP/HAIRSTYLISTS
Lance Anderson
Nick Dudman

MUSIC
Harry Gregson-Williams
Alberto Iglesias
Dario Marianelli
Dolly Parton

PRODUCERS
Albert Berger
Bill Kong
Tom Luddy
Gail Mutrux
Diane Nabatoff
Cathy Schulman
Jennifer Todd
Robert K. Weiss
Ron Yerxa

PRODUCTION DESIGNERS/ ART DIRECTORS
Mark Friedberg
Sarah Greenwood
Tom Reta
Melissa Stewart
Tom Wilkins

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Andre Caraco
Mary Murphy Conlin
Steve Elzer
Barbara Glazer
Rick Lynch
Steven T. Miller

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL
James Beshears
Lanny Raimondo
Kenneth S. Williams

SET DECORATORS
Trisha Edwards
Victor Zolfo

SOUND
Ulrika Akander
Anthony (Chic) Ciccolini III
Eugene Gearty
Michael Semanick
Renée Tondelli

VISUAL EFFECTS
Jim Berney
Pablo Helman
Jeffrey M. Kleiser
Michael Meinardus
William F. “Bill" Shourt
Dan Taylor
Bill Tondreau
Bill Westenhofer

WRITERS
Noah Baumbach
Jeffrey Caine
Jean-Claude Carrière
Dan Futterman
Tony Kushner
Bobby Moresco
Josh Olson

Jerusalem Film Festival Awards

While bombs were being dropped and rockets were being fired in Lebanon and Israel, the Jerusalem Film Festival (website) came to a close, with most of the festival's top awards going to films that celebrate tolerance and compassion.

The Wolgin Award for Best Israeli Narrative Feature went to Dror Sabo's Dead End, a critical look at TV exploitation and sensationalism. The Drama Award was shared by Jony Arbid for directing Ringo & Taher, the tale of an Arab boy who develops a strong emotional bond with a puppy he raises in the streets of his poor Haifa neighborhood, and Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit for their direction of Mortgage, a comedy-drama about a young couple who resort to extreme measures in order to keep their house from being confiscated.

Jasmila Zbanic's Berlin Film Festival winner Grbavica, the story of a Bosnian girl who discovers that her father was not a “martyr” of Bosnia's civil war, won the In the Spirit of Freedom Award for best narrative film. (That award is given to “feature and documentary films from all over the world, dealing with human rights, civil rights, social awareness, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression.”)

In the Documentary category, the In the Spirit of Freedom Award went to Helene Klodawsky for No More Tears Sister, the story of Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, a Tamil-Sri Lankan feminist and “freedom fighter” who was murdered in 1989 at the age of 35.

Additionally, veteran actress Gila Almagor won a special prize for her performances in Tied Hands, as a mother desperately looking for marijuana in the streets of Tel Aviv so as to ease her ailing son's pain, and Three Mothers, the story of three Egyptian sisters whose promising lives have turned out to be tragically unfulfilling.

 

2006 Jerusalem Film Festival Awards

2006 Jerusalem Film Festival: July 6-15

 

Dead End (2006) directed by Dror Sabo, starring Ofer Schechter, Gal Zayid

WOLGIN AWARD - NARRATIVE FEATURE
Dead End, directed by Dror Sabo, produced by Ori Dickshtein and Michal Dvash

Mortgage (2006) directed by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit, starring 	Finish Eli, Sarjon Hilla, Revach Ze'ev

Ringo & Taher (2006) directed by Jony Arbid, starring 	Dau Salim, Mashrawi Muhamad, Mugrabi Muhamad

DRAMA AWARD IN MEMORY OF ANAT PIRCHI
Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit for their direction of Mortgage (upper photo), and Jony Arbid for directing Ringo & Taher (lower photo)

WOLGIN AWARD - DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (tie)
9 Star Hotel, directed by Ido Haar, and Bil`in Habibti, directed by Shai Carmeli Pollack

WOLGIN AWARD - SHORT FILM
Road Marks, directed by Shimon Shai

ACTING AWARD IN A FULL-LENGTH FEATURE FILM

Actress (tie)
Yevgenia Dudina for Dear Mr. Waldman and Assi Levy for Aviva My Love

Dead End (2006) directed by Dror Sabo, starring Ofer Schechter, Gal Zayid

Actor (tie)
Assi Dayan for Things Behind the Sun and Gal Zayid for Dead End (above)

SCREENWRITING AWARD
Shemi Zarhin for Aviva My Love

CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD IN MEMORY OF JERZY LIPMAN
Shai Goldman for Three Mothers

Tied Hands (2006) directed by Dan Wolman, starring Gila Almagor, Ido Tadmor

SPECIAL PRIZE
Actress Gila Almagor for Tied Hands (above) and Three Mothers

 

WIM VAN LEER IN THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM AWARD
(“Awarded to feature and documentary films from all over the world, dealing with human rights, civil rights, social awareness, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression.”)

Grbavica (2006) directed by Jasmila Zbanic, starring  Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Mijovic, Leon Lucev

NARRATIVE FILM
Jasmila Zbanic for directing Grbavica

HONORABLE MENTION
Café Transit, directed by Kambozi Partovi

No More Tears Sister (2006) directed by Helene Klodawsky

DOCUMENTARY FILM
Helene Klodawsky for directing No More Tears Sister

HONORABLE MENTION
October`s Cry, directed by Julie Gal

 

THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE LIA AWARD
El Cantor, directed by Joseph Morder

HONORABLE MENTION
Nadia`s Friends, Chanoch Zeevi

THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE YAD VASHEM AWARD
(“for artistic achievement in Holocaust related films”)
Nina`s Journey, directed by Lena Einhorn

HONORABLE MENTION
Nina`s House, directed by Richard Dembo

 

IN THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM PRODUCTION GRANT
"Shahidot,” a film to be directed by Natalie Assoulin-chwartz and produced by Ayelet Efrati and Talia Kleinhandler

SHAVIM PRODUCTION GRANT
"Awarded to a documentary film dealing with social justice"
"Avdei Kablan,” directed by David Ofek and produced by Edna and Elinor Kowarsky

THE FORUM FOR THE PRESERVATION OF AUDIO-VISUAL MEMORY AWARD
Sergei Loznitsa doe his direction of Blockade

 

 

Wolgin Award Jury: Debra Winger, Vidi Bilu, Gadi Taub, Sharon Harel, and Sayed Kashua

In the Spirit of Freedom Jury: Carmit Gait-Shaltiel, Anat Hoffman, and David Benchetrit

Jewish Experience Jury: Stuart Schoffman, Aharon Fueurstein, and Levi Weiman Kalman

Osian-Cinefan Festival Awards: Illegal Game Debt Collecting Movie Wins

2006 OSIAN-CINEFAN Festival of Asian Cinema Awards: Delhi on July 23, 2006

Jeffrey Jeturian's Kubrador / The Bet Collector is the story of a woman who makes a living collecting bets for an illegal game until her life takes a dramatic turn following the death of a neighbor. Kubrador also won the International Federation of Film Critics' Best Film Award, and a Best Asian Actress nod for Gina Pareno. Also in the cast: Soliman Cruz and Nanding Josef.

ASIAN COMPETITION AWARDS

Best Film:
KUBRADOR / THE BET COLLECTOR by Jeffrey Jeturian (The Philippines)

Special Jury Prize:
TWO GIRLS by Kutlug Ataman (Turkey)

Special Mentions:
ONTARJATRA / HOMELAND by Tareque and Catherine Masud (Bangladesh)
GU LIAN HUA / LOVE'S LONE FLOWER by Tsao Jui-Yuan (Taiwan)

Best Actress:
GINA PARENO in KUBRADOR / THE BET COLLECTOR by Jeffrey Jeturian (The Philippines)

INDIAN COMPETITION AWARDS

Best Film:
SUDDHA / THE CLEANSING RITES by Ramachandra PN

Special Jury Prize:
NAYI NERALU / IN THE SHADOW OF THE DOG by Girish Kasaravalli

Best Actor:
SUBRAT DUTTA in BIBAR / CALCUTTA, UNABASHED by Subrato Sen

Best Actress:
TANNISHTHA CHATTERJEE in BIBAR / CALCUTTA, UNABASHED by Subrato Sen

 

FIPRESCI AWARD (International Federation of Film Critics):
KUBRADOR / THE BET COLLECTOR by Jeffrey Jeturian (The Philippines)

NETPAC AWARD (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema):
MIDNIGHT MY LOVE by Khongdej Jaturanrassamee (Thailand)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Author, critic and producer Peggy Chiao Hsiung-ping

Asian Competition Jury: Ryuichi Hiroki, Stanley Kwan, Xie Fei, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Jajang C Noer

Indian Competition Jury: Italo Spinelli, Christian Jeune, Pan Nalin, Khairy Beshara, Niki Karimi

Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Jury: Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, Ron Holloway, Ngo Phuong Lan

FIPRESCI Award Jury: Max Tessier, Rwita Dutta, Lucy Virgen

 

OSIAN-CINEFAN Festival of Asian Cinema Site


         
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4 Comments to Academy Invites 120 New Members + Jerusalem Film Festival Winners

  1. Joli Morgan

    Can you provide more information on Crazy Land?
    Alternative title?
    Director?
    Distributor?
    Is it available on DVD?

  2. aviad

    Other awards given to films competing for Wolgin Award:

    Best Screenplay: Shemi Zarhin - Aviva my Love
    Best Actor (tied): Assi Dayan - The Things behind the Sun / Gal Zayed - No Exit (aka Dead End)
    Best Actress: Assi Levy - Aviva my Love
    Best Cinematography: Shay Goldman - Three Mothers
    Best Documentary Feature (tied): Bil'in Habibti / Nine Stars Hotel

    The intersting thing about No Exit's win is that it didn't appear on the 2006 Ophir Awards shortlist, making it ineligable to compete. The Best Picture winner at Ophir Awards (to be held on September 14) will be Israel's submission for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Normally, the Wolgin Award gives a good head-up for Ophir, but unless No Exit somehow managed to sneak into that list, it can't be nominated. This leaves the race for BP between “Aviva my Love”, “The Things behind the Sun”, “Crazy Land”, “Someone to Run with” and a misterious fifth nominee.