Academy Invites Paul Rudd & Hugh Jackman + Italian Film Critics Choose Political Satire

Michelle Williams, Lucy in Wendy and Lucy
Michelle Williams, Lucy in Wendy and Lucy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 134 artists and executives to join its roster in 2009.

As per the Academy's press release, all the various branches could pick a maximum of 166 new members, but as in the previous years “the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them.”

Most of the invitees are actors, among them several previous Oscar nominees, e.g., Casey Affleck, Melissa Leo, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, and lots of young talent, e.g., James Franco, Michael Cera, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Seth Rogen, Emile Hirsch. (But where are Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron??)

Among those listed in the other branches are Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (above, top photo); Slumdog Millionaire alumni Danny Boyle (above, lower photo), Anthony Dod Mantle, Chris Dickens, and A. R. Rahman; veteran French filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb; singer-composer Peter Gabriel; Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker James Marsh; Tom Cruise's former producing partner Paula Wagner; and Frozen River writer-director Courtney Hunt (in the writer's branch).

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

The Academy's voting membership has held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2009 invitees are:

Actors
Casey Affleck
Emily Blunt
Michael Cera
Viola Davis
James Franco
Brendan Gleeson
Anne Hathaway
Taraji P. Henson
Emile Hirsch
Hugh Jackman
Melissa Leo
Jane Lynch
Eddie Marsan
James McAvoy
Seth Rogen
Paul Rudd
Amy Ryan
Michael Shannon
Michelle Williams
Jeffrey Wright

Animators
J.J. Blumenkranz
Konstantin Bronzit
Kendal Cronkhite
Rodolphe Guenoden
Byron Howard
Kunio Kato
Doug Sweetland
Chris Williams

Art Directors
Andrew Ackland-Snow

At-Large
Matthew D. Loeb
Redmond Morris

Casting Directors
John Papsidera
Bernie Telsey

Cinematographers
Russ T. Alsobrook
Anthony Dod Mantle
Henner Hofmann
Claudio Miranda
Rodney Taylor
Mandy Walker

Costume Designers
Deborah Hopper
Louise Mingenbach
Michael O'Connor
Michael Wilkinson

Directors
Rachid Bouchareb
Danny Boyle
David Frankel
Rod Lurie
Thomas McCarthy
Tyler Perry
Henry Selick

Documentary
William Gazecki
Rachel Grady
Rory Kennedy
Scott Hamilton Kennedy
James Marsh
Megan Mylan
Doug Pray

Executives
Daniel D.A. Battsek
Steve Beeks
Graham W. Burke
Joe Drake
Erik Feig
Paul Hanneman
Donald P. Harris
Claudia Lewis

Film Editors
Roger Barton
Hank Corwin
Chris Dickens
Elliot Graham
Kathryn Himoff
Leo Trombetta
Brent White
Pam Wise

Live Action Short Films
Reto Caffi
Jochen Alexander Freydank
F. Carter Pilcher

Make-Up and Hairstylists
Howard Berger
Mike Elizalde
Louis Lazzara
Gerald Quist

Music
Jeff Danna
Andrew Dorfman
Peter Gabriel
Clint Mansell
A.R. Rahman

Producers
Mark Ciardi
Christian Colson
Gordon Gray
Broderick Johnson
Cathy Konrad
Andrew Kosove
James Lassiter
Russell Smith
Paula Wagner

Production Designers
Donald Graham Burt
Michael Carlin
Jane Ann Stewart
Kevin Thompson

Public Relations
Michael D. Camp
Marc Cohen
Megan Colligan
James C. Gallagher
David Kaminow
Sal Ladestro
Maria Pekurovskaya
Elizabeth Petit

Set Decorators
Rebecca Alleway
Peter Lando
Barbara Munch-Cameron

Scenic Artists
Robert Topol

Sound
Michael Barry
Derek Casari
Aaron Glascock
Ren Klyce
Peter F. Kurland
Karen Baker Landers
Hamilton Sterling
Deborah Wallach
Kim Waugh

Visual Effects
Christopher Bond
Matthew Butler
Chris Corbould
Rob Engle
Scott Gordon
Hal Hickel
Van Ling
Shane Mahan
Steve Preeg
Tim Webber
Edson Williams

Writers
John August
Dustin Lance Black
Courtney Hunt
Howard A. Rodman

2009 Nastri dArgento

National Union of Italian Film Journalists 2009 Nastri dArgento (Silver Ribbons) nominations: May 29, 2009

2009 Nastri dArgento winners: Taormina Film Festival, Sicily, on June 27, 2009

Toni Servillo as Italian prime-minister Giulio Andreotti in Paolo Sorrentino's scathing political comedy-drama Il Divo. At the Nastri dArgento awards ceremony, Sorrentino remarked that if he were to make Il Divo today, and revolving around a woman, itd certainly be about Veronica Lario. Former actress Lario is right-wing prime-minister Silvio Berlusconis soon-to-be former wife, who recently filed for divorce while accusing her family-values proponent husband of being much too interested in some very young women. 

Best Director 
Francesca Archibugi (Questione di cuore)
Pupi Avati (Il papà di Giovanna / Giovannas Father)
Marco Bellocchio (Vincere)
Marco Risi (Fortapàsc)
* Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo)

Best European Film
The Class
* Slumdog Millionaire
The Reader
Three Monkeys
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Non-European Film
* Gran Torino
Milk
Waltz with Bashir
WALL-E
The Wrestler

Best New Director
Marco Amenta (La siciliana ribelle)
Federico Bondi (Mar Nero)
* Gianni Di Gregorio (Pranzo di ferragosto)
Marco Pontecorvo (PA-RA-DA)
Stefano Tummolini (Un altro pianeta)

Special Nastro for Comedy
Diverso da chi? by Umberto Carteni
* Ex by Fausto Brizzi
Generazione mille euro by Massimo Venier
Italians by Giovanni Veronesi
Si può fare by Giulio Manfredonia

Best Documentary
* Improvvisamente l'inverno scorso / Suddenly, Last Winter by Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi
La fabbrica dei tedeschi by Mimmo Calopresti
La Rabbia di Pasolini by Giuseppe Bertolucci
Il sol dell'avvenire by Giovanni Fasanella and Gianfranco Pannone
Terra madre by Ermanno Olmi

Best Actor
Antonio Albanese, Kim Rossi Stuart Questione di cuore
Libero De Rienzo Fortapàsc
Silvio Orlando Giovannas Father
* Toni Servillo Il Divo
Filippo Timi Vincere and Come Dio comanda

Best Actress
Donatella Finocchiaro Galantuomini
Isabella Ferrari Un giorno perfetto
Valeria Golino Giulia non esce la sera
* Giovanna Mezzogiorno Vincere
Alba Rohrwacher Giovannas Father

Best Supporting Actor
Claudio Bisio, Silvio Orlando Ex
Beppe Fiorello Galantuomini
* Ezio Greggio Giovannas Father
Ernesto Mahieux Fortapàsc
Michele Riondino Il passato è una terra straniera

Best Supporting Actress
Anna Bonaiuto Il Divo
Margherita Buy, Carolina Crescentini, Paola Cortellesi, Isabella Ferrari, Valeria Milillo, Marina Massironi, Claudia Pandolfi, Alba Rohrwacher Due Partite
Valentina Lodovini Il passato è una terra straniera and Generazione mille euro
* Francesca Neri Giovannas Father
Carla Signoris Ex

Best Original Story
* Fabio Bonifacci Diverso da chi?Si può fare (with Giulio Manfredonia)
Davide Ferrario Tutta colpa di Giuda
Marco Bechis La terra degli uomini rossi
Giuseppe Piccioni, Federica Pontremoli Giulia non esce la sera
Maurizio Scaparro, Diego De Silva L'ultimo Pulcinella

Best Screenplay
Francesca Archibugi Questione di cuore
Fausto Brizzi, Marco Martani, Massimiliano Bruno Ex
Marco Risi, Jim Carrington, Andrea Purgatori Fortapàsc
Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone Gomorra / Gomorrah
* Paolo Sorrentino Il Divo

Best Producer
Pupi and Antonio Avati (Duea Film) for Giovannas FatherGli amici del Bar Margherita
Angelo Barbagallo (Bìbì Cinema), Gianluca Curti (Minerva Pictures Group) and Rai Cinema Fortapàsc
Marco Chimenz, Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi (Cattleya) for Diverso da chi?Questione di cuoreSolo un padreDue partite
* Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano (Indigo Film), Andrea Occhipinti (Lucky Red) and Maurizio Coppolecchia (Parco Film), in co-production with Fabio Conversi (Babe Films) and Sky Il Divo
Angelo Rizzoli Si può fare

Best Cinematography
Luca Bigazzi, Il Divo
* Daniele Ciprì, Vincere
Gherardo Gossi, Lezione 21Il passato è una terra straniera
Marco Onorato GomorrahFortapàsc
Italo Petriccione, Come Dio comanda

Best Editing
* Francesca Calvelli, Vincere
Claudio Cormio, Tutta colpa di Giuda
Luciana Pandolfelli, Ex
Marco Spoletini, Gomorrah and Pranzo di ferragosto
Cristiano Travaglioli, Il Divo

Best Score
Fabio Barovero, Marlene Kuntz, Cecco Signa, Tutta colpa di Giuda
* Paolo Buonvino, Italians
Mokadelic, Come Dio comanda
Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi, Si può fare and Complici del silenzio
Teho Teardo, Il passato è una terra straniera

Best Song
"Don't leave me cold" by Megahertz, sung by Laura Chiatti and Claudio Santamaria, Il caso dellinfedele Klara
"Il cielo ha una porta sola" by Biagio Antonacci, Ex
"Per fare a meno di te" by Fabrizio Campanelli and Giorgia, Solo un padre
* "Piangi Roma" by Baustelle, sung by Valeria Golino, Giulia non esce la sera
"Senza farsi male" by Fabio Abate, sung with Carmen Consoli, L'uomo che ama

Best Production Design
Giancarlo Basili, Sanguepazzo
Paola Comencini, Due partite
* Marco Dentici, Vincere
Lino Fiorito, Il Divo
Alessandro Vannucci, Questione di cuore

Best Costume Design
* Maria Rita Barbera, Sanguepazzo
Maria Grazia Colombini, Il seme della discordia
Maurizio Millenotti, Si può fare
Carlo Poggioli, Lezione 21
Marina Roberti, Due partite

Best Sound Recording
Emanuele Cecere, Il Divo
Marco Fiumara, Beket
Mauro Lazzaro, Come Dio comanda
* Maricetta Lombardo, Gomorrah
Vito Martinelli, Tutta colpa di Giuda

Nastro of the Year
Gomorrah
Matteo Garrone, Domenico Procacci, Rai Cinema, Roberto Saviano

Honorary Nastro
Ettore Scola

Career Nastro
Isabelle Huppert

Special Nastro for "Supporting Player of the Year"
Piera Degli Esposti (Il DivoL'uomo che amaGiulia non esce la sera)

Special Nastro for actor, producer, and humanitarian
Raoul Bova (15 Seconds, contro la pena di morte and Sbirri)

Nino Manfredi Award
Beppe Fiorello

Nastro dArgento for Dubbing
Adriano Giannini, the Italian voice of Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

L'Oréal Professionnel Nastri d'Argento
Micaela Ramazzotti

Special European Nastro
Andrzej Wajda

Special Mention
Focaccia blues by Nico Cirasola

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