Academy Invites 105 New Members

Ruby DeeThe 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

Josh Brolin

Jet Li

Actors
Sacha Baron Cohen (above, top photo)
Josh Brolin (above, middle photo)
Marion Cotillard
Ruby Dee
Allison Janney
Jet Li (above, lower photo)
Ray Winstone

Animators
David Bowers
Ash Brannon
Doug Cooper
Jeremy Lasky
Caroline Leaf
David Schaub
David Silverman
Suzie Templeton

At-Large
Jim Houston
Neil Machlis
Sheila Nevins

Casting Directors
Ronna Kress

Cinematographers
Jonathan W. Brown
Clark Mathis
Kramer Morgenthau
J. Michael Muro
Tim Orr
Tom Richmond

Costume Designers
Isis Mussenden

Directors
Sergei Bodrov
James Gray
Michael Haneke
Doug Liman
Kimberly Peirce
Peyton Reed
Jason Reitman
Walter Salles
Gore Verbinski

Documentary
Nanette Burstein
Heidi Ewing
Liz Garbus
Michele Ohayon
Deborah Shaffer

Executives
Alan Bergman
Dana Goldberg
Sidney Kimmel
Chris S. LeRoy
Andrew Rona
Jeff Skoll

Film Editors
Barry Alexander Brown
John Carnochan
John Gilroy
Mark Livolsi
Dylan Tichenor
Juliette Welfling

Live Action Short Films
Philippe Pollet-Villard

Make-Up/Hairstylists
Jan Archibald
Kate Biscoe
Didier Lavergne
Christien Tinsley

Music
Glen Ballard
J. J. George
Michael Giacchino

Producers
Armyan Bernstein
Jennifer Fox
Lianne Halfon
Hal Lieberman
Andrew Macdonald
Karen Murphy
Peter R. Newman
JoAnne Sellar

Production Designers
Jack Fisk
Clayton R. Hartley

Public Relations
Stephanie Allen
Suzanne Fritz
Kevin Goetz
Stephanie Kluft
Tim Palen
Marc Weinstock

Set Decorators
Larry Dias
Katie Spencer
Sandy Reynolds Wasco

Sound
Craig Berkey
Fernando Camara
David Giammarco
Mike Hopkins
Robert J. Kizer
Alyson Dee Moore
Mark Onks
Jon Taylor

Stunt Coordinators
Melissa R. Stubbs

Visual Effects
Nick Davis
Brian Gernand
Dan Glass
Bryan Grill
Edward T. Hirsh
Helena Packer
Kelly Port
Ted Rae
Doug Roble
Carey Villegas

Writers
Judd Apatow (photo)
David Benioff
Jean-Claude Carriere
Diablo Cody
Tamara Jenkins
Jeff Nathanson
Nancy Oliver

Shanghai Film Festival winners

Vladimir Kott's debut feature film, Mukha, tells the story of a teenage girl who must cope with the sudden reappearance of her father. Wong Kar Wai replaced the recently deceased Anthony Minghella as head of this year's Shanghai Film Festival Jin Jue jury.

Jin Jue Awards

Best Feature Film: MUKHA (Russia) by Vladimir Kott

Jury Grand Prix: OLD FISH (China) by Gao Qunshu

Best Director: Maris Martinsons, LOSS (Lithuania)

Best Actor: Ma Guowei, OLD FISH (China)

Best Actress: Emilia Vasaryova, VACLAV (Czech Republic)

Best Screenplay: Marek Epstein, VACLAV(Czech Republic)

Best Cinematography: Florian Schilling, MY MOTHER'S TEARS (Germany)

Best Music: Andrius Mamontovas, LOSS (Lithuania)

New Asian Talent

Best Film: WINDS OF SEPTEMBER (Taiwan) by Tom Shu-Yu Lin

Best Director: Hyeon-gi Hong, THIRSTY, THIRSTY(Korea)

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