Film Academy Invites

Film Academy Invites: According to an Academy-provided breakdown of the new invitees, 44 percent are women, 37 percent are non-white and 50 percent are non-Americans (54 different countries are represented).

 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 397 members of the global film community to join the organization, it was announced Tuesday.

Among those who will henceforth be able to vote for the Oscar nominations and winners if they accept, as the vast majority of people who have received invites historically have: newly-minted Oscar winners Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell (music branch) and Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur (actors); Paramount chief Brian Robbins and Disney general entertainment chief Dana Walden (executives); and film critic Leonard Maltin (members-at-large).

Academy invites Caitríona Balfe, Ariana DeBose, Billie Eilish, and many more to join the Oscars voting membership

According to an Academy-provided breakdown of the new invitees, 44 percent are women, 37 percent are non-white and 50 percent are non-Americans (54 different countries are represented). If they all accept, the Academy’s overall membership will be 34 percent female, 19 percent non-white, and 23 percent non-American.

Seven branches invited more women than men (actors, casting directors, costume designers, documentary, makeup artists/hairstylists, marketing/public relations, and producers); three branches invited more non-whites than whites (actors, directors, and documentary); and nine branches invited more non-Americans than Americans (actors, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, makeup artists/hairstylists, producers, short films/feature animation and visual effects).

Film Academy Invites 397 New Members, Including Ariana DeBose, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Sheryl Lee Ralph

This year’s list of invites is two longer than last year’s, which was, by far, the smallest since the #OscarsSoWhite uproar prompted a massive expansion of the organization. The most invites came from the short films/feature animation branch (41), followed by the documentary branch (38) and the actor’s branch (30).

Other notable names invited to join the Academy this year include 2021 standout actors Caitriona Balfe and Jamie Dornan (Belfast), Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Gaby Hoffmann (C’mon C’mon), Robin de Jesus (Tick, Tick … Boom!), Vincent Lindon (Titane), Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Last Night in Soho); director Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard); documentarians Traci A. Curry (Attica) and Ben Proudfoot (The Queen of Basketball); producers Tim White and Trevor White (King Richard); and writers Zach Baylin (King Richard) and Jeremy O Harris (Zola),

The film academy invites 395 new members, including Steven Yeun, Laverne Cox, Issa Rae, and Robert Pattinson

Veteran entertainment industry figures who received invitations not tied to specific recent projects include Sheryl Lee Ralph (actors); Amy Seimetz (directors); Scott Foundas (executives); Craig MazinAlex Ross Perry, and Katie Silberman (writers); and George Drakoulias (members-at-large).

Among those invited to join the marketing and public relations, a branch was DDA chief Dana Archer, Amazon awards chief Debra Birnbaum, international features specialist Tatiana Detlofson, personal reps Sheri Goldberg and Jessica Kolstad, Magnolia Pictures publicity chief George Nichols, Apple TV+ awards chief Gina Pence (who was central to CODA‘s winning Oscar campaign), Focus Features’ executive VP publicity Stephanie Phillips, Shelter PR evp awards and events Jerry Rojas and Netflix’s US publicity chief Michelle Slavich.

Film Academy Invites 819 New Members: See the Complete List

Several people were invited to join multiple branches and will have to select one, including: Drive My Car‘s Ryusuke Hamaguchi (directors/writers), CODA‘s Sian Heder (directors/writers) and Flee‘s Jonas Poher Rasmussen (directors/documentary)

A full list of those invited to join the Academy follows.


Funke Akindele – “Omo Ghetto: The Saga,” “Jenifa”

Caitríona Balfe – “Belfast,” “Ford v Ferrari”

Reed Birney – “Mass,” “Changeling”

Jessie Buckley – “The Lost Daughter,” “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

Lori Tan Chinn – “Turning Red,” “Glengarry Glen Ross”

Daniel K. Daniel – “The Fugitive,” “A Soldier’s Story”

Ariana DeBose – “West Side Story,” “The Prom”

Robin de Jesús – “tick, tick…BOOM!,” “The Boys in the Band”

Jamie Dornan – “Belfast,” “Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar”

Michael Greyeyes – “Wild Indian,” “Woman Walks Ahead”

Gaby Hoffmann – “C’mon C’mon,” “Wild”

Amir Jadidi – “A Hero,” “Cold Sweat”

Kajol – “My Name Is Khan,” “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”

Troy Kotsur – “CODA,” “The Number 23”

Vincent Lindon – “Titane,” “The Measure of a Man”

BarBara Luna – “The Concrete Jungle,” “Five Weeks in a Balloon”

Aïssa Maïga – “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” “Mood Indigo”

Selton Mello – “My Hindu Friend,” “Trash”

Olga Merediz – “In the Heights,” “Adrift”

Sandra Kwan Yue Ng – “Echoes of the Rainbow,” “Portland Street Blues”

Hidetoshi Nishijima – “Drive My Car,” “Cut”

Rena Owen – “The Last Witch Hunter,” “The Dead Lands”

Jesse Plemons – “The Power of the Dog,” “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Sheryl Lee Ralph – “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” “The Distinguished Gentleman”

Renate Reinsve – “The Worst Person in the World,” “Welcome to Norway”

Marco Rodriguez – “El Chicano,” “Unspeakable”

Joanna Scanlan – “After Love,” “Notes on a Scandal”

Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Power of the Dog,” “Let Me In”

Suriya – “Jai Bhim,” “Soorarai Potter”

Anya Taylor-Joy – “The Northman,” “Last Night in Soho”

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