Academy adds record number of new members
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.
Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, and Paranormal Activity and Insidious producer Jason Blum.
Each person is invited to join the branch of the Academy that most closely represents their work, but three have been courted by multiple branches: Middle of Nowhere filmmaker Ava DuVernay, dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi (who smuggled his secretly-made This Is Not a Film out of his homeland in defiance of the government, and composer
J. Ralph (Chasing Ice, Man on Wire).
Here is the full list of invitees released by the Academy: