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  • Chris Beachum
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    The film Academy should be announcing soon the newest members added to the various branches.  Who do you think will be invited to join?

     

    There are basically only two ways to receive an invitation: get nominated this year (although that is no guarantee anymore) or apply for membership sponsored by at least two existing members.  If somebody is not a member, it is because they never bothered to apply, never got nominated or were turned down by their branch’s committee.

     

    As a reminder, I am listing all of the invitations from the past few years in this thread.

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    2010 INVITATIONS:

     

    Actors – Tobin Bell, Vera Farmiga, Miguel Ferrer, James Gandolfini, Anna Kendrick, Mo’Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Ryan Reynolds, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Peter Riegert, Sam Robards, Saoirse Ronan, Zoe Saldana, Adam Sandler, Peter Sarsgaard, Gabourey Sidibe, Shaun Toub, Christoph Waltz, George Wyner (all nominees invited)

     

    Directors – Jacques Audiard, Juan Jose Campanella, Lee Daniels, Claudia Llosa, Lone Scherfig, Adam Shankman

     

    Writers – Neill Blomkamp, Mark Boal, Geoffrey Fletcher, Nick Hornby, Alex Kurtzman, Tom McCarthy, Roberto Orci, Terri Tatchell

     

    2009 INVITATIONS:

     

    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 (all nominees invited)

     

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

     

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

     

    2008 INVITATIONS:

     

    Actors – Sacha Baron Cohen, Josh Brolin, Marion Cotillard, Ruby Dee, Allison Janney, Jet Li, Ray Winstone (nominees not invited were Casey Affleck, Ellen Page, Saoirse Ronan and Amy Ryan)

     

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

     

    Writers – Judd Apatow, David Benioff, Jean-Claude Carriere, Diablo Cody, Tamara Jenkins, Jeff Nathanson, Nancy Oliver

     

    2007 INVITATIONS:

     

    Actors – Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Steve Carell, Daniel Craig, Aaron Eckhart, Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Fichtner, Ryan Gosling, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Huston, Eddie Murphy, Christopher Plummer, James Rebhorn, Michael Sheen, Maribel Verdu (nominees not invited were Abigail Breslin and Rinko Kikuchi)

     

    Directors – Peter Berg, D.J. Caruso, Antoine Fuqua, Paul Greengrass, Monte Hellman, Simon West

     

    Writers – J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt, Guillermo Arriaga, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Patrick Marber, William Monahan, Peter Morgan, Billy Ray, Erin Cressida Wilson

     

    2006 INVITATIONS:

     

    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 (nominee not invited was Michelle Williams)

     

    Directors – Werner Herzog, Nicole Holofcener, Gavin Hood, Bennett Miller, Mark Waters

     

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

     

    2005 INVITATIONS:

     

    Actors – Gael Garcia Bernal, Thomas Haden Church, Jennifer Coolidge, Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Sophie Okonedo, Clive Owen, Charlotte Rampling, Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgard,  Imelda Staunton, Mykelti Williamson, Ziyi Zhang (all nominees invited)

     

    Directors – Alejandro Amenabar, Marc Forster, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Andy Tennant, Joel Zwick

     

    Writers – Paul Haggis, David Magee, Keir Pearson, Jose Rivera, David N. Weiss, Mike White

     

    2004 INVITATIONS:

     

    Actors – Shohreh Aghdashloo, Paul Bettany, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Patricia Clarkson, Keith David, Hope Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Viggo Mortensen, Bill Nighy, Sean Penn (did not accept), Audrey Tautou, Ken Watanabe, Treat Williams (all nominees invited)

     

    Directors – Miguel Arteta, Gurinder Chadha, Peter Chelsom, Sofia Coppola, Michael Corrente, Ashutosh Gowariker, Shawn Adam Levy, Gillies MacKinnon, Fernando Meirelles, Bruce Robinson

     

    Writers – Shari Springer Berman, L.M. Kit Carson, Sofia Coppola, D.V. DeVincentis, Steven Knight, Braulio Mantovani, Robert Pulcini (Coppola invited to join both branches but had to choose only one – she chose Writing)

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    Chris Beachum
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    Of this year’s 20 acting nominees…

    ALREADY A MEMBER:
    Amy Adams
    Javier Bardem
    Annette Bening
    Helena Bonham Carter
    Jeff Bridges
    Colin Firth
    James Franco
    Nicole Kidman
    Melissa Leo
    Natalie Portman
    Jeremy Renner
    Geoffrey Rush
    Michelle Williams

    NOT A MEMBER:
    Jesse Eisenberg
    John Hawkes
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Hailee Steinfeld
    Jacki Weaver

    UNKNOWN:
    Christian Bale
    Mark Ruffalo

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    RJ
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    Maybe Ellen Page will get invited this year?  After Inception, she’s definitely proved her relevance, and people have been invited for less (Gabourey Sidibe…).  

     

    Other possibilities (non-nominees):

    -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    -Ben Stiller (if not already a member)

    -Greta Gerwig

    -Rebecca Hall

    -Oliver Platt (if not already a member)

    -Kristen Stewart

    -J.K. Simmons (if not already a member)

    -Jon Hamm (they like to take tv stars who appear in successful movies, and he just had The Town)

    -Idris Elba (I like to think the industry has as much respect for him as I do, but this is probably the longest of the shots)

    -Vincent Cassel (if not already a member)

     

    Of the nominees, Hawkes and Eisenberg are sure things; Lawrence is probably slightly more likely than Steinfeld, since she has more than one performance to her name (not that it always matters, as the lists of past invitees show); I just have no idea about Weaver — she’s a veteran of the industry, but who knows?

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    RJ
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    oh, and Emma Stone! a strong strong possibility

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    The trend the last few years  is that there are atleast 15 actors invited to be a part of the Academy every year (except for the 7 in 2008).

     

    So here’s my 15 predictions in the Actors category:

     

    Jason Bateman

    Jesse Eisenberg

    Zach Galifianakis

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Jon Hamm

    Tom Hardy

    John Hawkes

    Rachel McAdams

    Ellen Page

    Mary Louise Parker

    Amy Poehler

    Oliver Platt

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Emma Stone

    Jackie Weaver (if Adriana Barraza got in already, she will as well)

     

    And probably two veterans/character actors who we thought are members already. 

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    Beverly Hills, CA (June 17, 2011) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy’s roster of members.

    “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak.  “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”         

    The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees 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.

    In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April.  Hetherington had been a 2010 nominee for his film “Restrepo,” but died prior to the Academy’s spring meetings to select new members.  The Documentary Branch proposed that Hetherington’s name be included among the year’s invitees.  The governors agreed.

    The 2011 invitees are:

    Actors
    Russell Brand – “Arthur,” “Get Him to the Greek”
    Gerard Butler – “The Ugly Truth,” “300”
    Vincent Cassel – “Black Swan,” “Eastern Promises”
    Robbie Coltrane – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Mona Lisa”
    Bradley Cooper – “Limitless,” “The Hangover”
    John Corbett – “Sex and the City 2,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
    Rosemarie DeWitt – “The Company Men,” “Rachel Getting Married”
    Peter Dinklage – “Find Me Guilty,” “The Station Agent”
    David Duchovny – “Things We Lost in the Fire,” “The X-Files”
    Jesse Eisenberg – “The Social Network,” “The Squid and the Whale”
    Jennifer Garner – “Arthur,” “Juno”
    John Hawkes – “Winter’s Bone,” “The Perfect Storm”
    Thomas Jane – “The Mist,” “The Thin Red Line”
    Nastassja Kinski – “An American Rhapsody,” “Tess”
    Beyonce Knowles – “Dreamgirls,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
    Mila Kunis – “Black Swan,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
    Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone,” “The Burning Plain”
    Tea Leoni – “Ghost Town,” “Spanglish”
    Anthony Mackie – “The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”
    Lesley Manville – “Another Year,” “Topsy-Turvy”
    Rooney Mara – “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Social Network”
    Dominic Monaghan – “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
    Connie Nielsen – “Brothers,” “Gladiator”
    Ellen Page – “Inception,” “Juno”
    Wes Studi – “Avatar,” “The Last of the Mohicans”
    Mia Wasikowska – “Jane Eyre,” “The Kids Are All Right”
    Jacki Weaver – “Animal Kingdom,” “Cosi”

    Animators
    Geefwee Boedoe – “Let’s Pollute,” “Monsters, Inc.”
    Alessandro Carloni – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Over the Hedge”
    Sylvain Chomet – “The Illusionist,” “The Triplets of Belleville”
    Jakob Hjort Jensen – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Flushed Away”
    Biljana Labovic – “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” “Idiots and Angels”
    Tomm Moore – “The Secret of Kells,” “Backwards Boy”
    Teddy Newton – “Day & Night,” “Ratatouille”
    Bob Peterson – “Up,” “Finding Nemo” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
    Javier Recio Gracia – “The Lady and the Reaper,” “The Missing Lynx”
    Andrew Ruhemann – “The Lost Thing,” “City Paradise”
    Kristof Serrand – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”
    Shaun Tan – “The Lost Thing,” “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
    Simon Wells – “Mars Needs Moms,” “The Prince of Egypt”

    Art Directors
    Anahid Nazarian – “The Virgin Suicides,” “The Godfather, Part III”
    Lauren E. Polizzi – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

    At-Large
    George Aguilar
    Barry Bernardi
    Christopher Dodd
    Ted Gagliano
    James L. Honore
    Dawn Hudson
    Beverly Pasterczyk
    Randall Poster
    Ric Robertson
    David Schnuelle
    Randy Spendlove
    Beverly Joanna Wood

    Casting Directors
    Nina Gold – “The King’s Speech,” “Jane Eyre”
    Jina Jay – “The Reader,” “Layer Cake”
    Lora Kennedy – “The Town,” “Syriana”

    Cinematographers
    Frank Byers – “Illegal Tender,” “Boxing Helena”
    Patrick Cady – “Lottery Ticket,” “Broken Bridges”
    Danny Cohen – “The King’s Speech,” “Pirate Radio”
    Lukas Ettlin – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Middle Men”
    Steven Fierberg – “Love & Other Drugs,” “Secretary”
    Barry Markowitz – “Crazy Heart,” “Sling Blade”
    Charles Minsky – “Valentine’s Day,” “Pretty Woman”
    Lawrence Sher – “The Hangover,” “Garden State”
    Eric Steelberg – “Up in the Air,” “(500) Days of Summer”

    Costume Designers
    Odile Dicks-Mireaux – “An Education,” “The Constant Gardener”
    Sarah Edwards – “Salt,” “Michael Clayton”
    Danny Glicker – “Up in the Air,” “Milk”

    Directors
    Gregg Araki – “Kaboom,” “Nowhere”
    Susanne Bier – “In a Better World,” “After the Wedding”
    Neil Burger – “Limitless,” “The Illusionist”
    Lisa Cholodenko – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
    Debra Granik – “Winter’s Bone,” “Down to the Bone” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
    Tom Hooper – “The King’s Speech,” “The Damned United”
    John Cameron Mitchell – “Rabbit Hole,” “Shortbus”
    Yojiro Takita – “Departures,” “Himitsu”

    Documentary
    Jon Alpert – “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province,” “Lock-up: The Prisoners
    of Rikers Island”
    Amir Bar-Lev – “The Tillman Story,” “Fighter”
    Lesley Chilcott – “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” “It Might Get Loud”
    Carl Deal – “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Trouble the Water”
    Charles Ferguson – “Inside Job,” “No End in Sight”
    Tim Hetherington – “Restrepo” (posthumous)
    Sebastian Junger – “Restrepo”
    Thomas Lennon – “The Warriors of Qiugang,” “The Blood of Yingzhou District”
    Diane Weyermann – “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” “Food, Inc.”
    Ruby Yang – “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” “The Warriors of Qiugang”

    Executives
    William J. Damaschke
    Richard M. Fay
    Donna Langley
    Leslie Moonves
    Vanessa L. Morrison
    Bill Pohlad
    Rich Ross
    Jeff Small
    Thomas Tull

    Film Editors
    Tariq Anwar – “The King’s Speech,” “American Beauty”
    Naomi Geraghty – “Limitless,” “Reservation Road”
    Jon Harris – “127 Hours,” “Layer Cake”
    Darren Holmes – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Iron Giant”
    Pamela Martin – “The Fighter,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
    Joel Negron – “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “The Karate Kid”
    Terilyn A. Shropshire – “Jumping the Broom,” “Eve’s Bayou”
    Angus Wall – “The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
    Andrew Weisblum – “The Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”

    Live Action Short Films
    Luke Matheny – “God of Love,” “Earano”

    Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
    Judy Chin – “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”
    Kathrine Gordon – “3:10 to Yuma,” “Ocean’s Eleven”
    Trefor Proud – “W.,” “Topsy-Turvy”
    Cindy Jane Williams – “Burlesque,” “Hancock”
    Wesley Wofford – “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son,” “A Beautiful Mind”

    Music
    Terence Blanchard – “Inside Man,” “Malcolm X”
    Fernand Bos – “Crazy Heart,” “Cold Mountain”
    Graeme Revell – “Darfur Now,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”

    Producers
    Iain Canning – “Oranges and Sunshine,” “The King’s Speech”
    Cean Chaffin – “The Social Network,” “Fight Club”
    Kevin Feige – “Thor,” “Iron Man”
    Gary Goetzman – “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Mamma Mia!”
    Sisse Graum Jorgensen – “In a Better World,” “After the Wedding”
    Jeffrey Levy-Hinte – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon”
    Todd Lieberman – “The Fighter,” “The Proposal”
    Robert Lorenz – “Letters from Iwo Jima,” “Mystic River”
    Celine Rattray – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Grace Is Gone”
    Emile Sherman – “The King’s Speech,” “Candy”
    Emma Thomas – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
    Gareth Unwin – “The King’s Speech,” “Exam”

    Production Designers
    Howard Cummings – “I Love You, Beth Cooper,” “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker”
    Therese DePrez – “Black Swan,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”
    Guy Hendrix Dyas – “Inception,” “The Brothers Grimm”
    Jess Gonchor – “True Grit,” “Capote”
    Jane Musky – “Something Borrowed,” “Finding Forrester”
    Eve Stewart – “The King’s Speech,” “Topsy-Turvy”

    Public Relations
    Susan Ciccone
    Alissa Grayson
    Jeffrey Hall
    Jill Ann Jones
    Mark Markline
    Carmelo Pirrone
    Ira Rubenstein
    David Schneiderman
    Loren Schwartz
    Lance Volland

    Set Decorators
    Judy Farr – “The King’s Speech,” “Death at a Funeral”
    Gene Serdena – “The Fighter,” “House of Sand and Fog”

    Sound
    Andrew DeCristofaro – “Hall Pass,” “Crazy Heart”
    Joe Dorn – “The Wolfman,” “Spider-Man 3”
    Marc Fishman – “Bridesmaids,” “Crash”
    Lora Hirschberg – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
    Chris Jargo – “Robin Hood,” “American Gangster”
    John Midgley – “The King’s Speech,” “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”
    Ed Novick – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
    Hammond Peek – “King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
    Brian Vessa – “Nemesis,” “Lambada”
    Mark Weingarten – “The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

    Visual Effects
    Tim Alexander – “Rango,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
    Rob Bredow – “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Polar Express”
    Tim Burke – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Gladiator”
    Peter Chesney – “No Country for Old Men,” “Men in Black”
    Paul Franklin – “Inception,” “The Dark Knight”
    Kevin Tod Haug – “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Quantum of Solace”
    Florian Kainz – “Mission: Impossible III,” “The Perfect Storm”
    Marshall Krasser – “Iron Man 2,” “Titanic”
    Sean Phillips – “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Polar Express”
    Peter G. Travers – “Watchmen,” “The Matrix Reloaded”
    Brian Van’t Hul – “Coraline,” “I, Robot”
    Mark H. Weingartner – “Sex and the City 2,” “Inception”

    Writers
    Stuart Blumberg – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Keeping the Faith”
    Lisa Cholodenko – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Laurel Canyon” (also invited to the Directors Branch)
    Debra Granik – “Winter’s Bone,” “Down to the Bone” (also invited to the Directors Branch)
    Karen McCullah Lutz – “The Ugly Truth,” “Legally Blonde”
    Aline Brosh McKenna – “27 Dresses,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
    Bob Peterson – “Up,” “Finding Nemo” (also invited to the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch)
    David Rabe – “The Firm,” “Casualties of War”
    Anne Rosellini – “Winter’s Bone”
    David Seidler – “The King’s Speech,” “The King & I”
    Scott Silver – “The Fighter,” “8 Mile”
    Kirsten Smith – “The Ugly Truth,” “Legally Blonde”
    Aaron Sorkin – “The Social Network,” “A Few Good Men”
    Daniel Waters – “Batman Returns,” “Heathers”

    Additionally, the Academy invited John Coffey, Risa Gertner and Robert C. Rosenthal to Associate membership. Associate members are not represented on the Board and do not have Academy Awards® voting privileges.
    Individuals invited to join multiple branches must select one branch upon accepting membership.
    New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

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    The Mara inclusion is just bizarre.  And the list in general (of actors anyway) is kind of embarrassing.  It reveals AMPAS as being an organization that is much more about “who you know” than about earning your invitation.  I just cannot take a group seriously that invites Gerard Butler into their ranks as representative of the best in film acting today.  I’m also puzzled because Gerard Butler isn’t even an A-lister.  He’s had some minor hits, I’m sure he’s dated someone famous, and regularly appears in the tabloids — but he is in zero danger of ever being nominated for a serious acting award and, frankly, I’m shocked that his career is going as well as it is.  He seems like such a ho-hum actor and I figured that his 15 minutes would come and go incredibly quickly.

     

    Mostly, I worry what it means that “one-hit wonders” or passing fads (like Butler) will continue to have voting powers long after their fame and careers fade.  I used to worry about inviting first-time performers, like Gabourey Sidibe, solely on the strength of one performance, but I can stomach those invitations because they are backed by an Oscar nomination — a nomination makes you “part of the club”.  And with someone like Rooney Mara, it’s so early in her career we have no idea if she’ll even be working in prestige projects even five years down the road.

     

    I am, I should say, thrilled at the invitations for Gregg Araki and John Cameron Mitchell.  Both of them operate so far outside the mainstream that I never thought I’d see them on the same invitee list as people like Russell Brand and Bradley Cooper.  Looking at this list provides me with further proof that the Directors and Writers branches collectively tend to make smarter choices than the others.  Just as those two branches regularly make surprising and worthy nomination choices, it makes sense that their invitation lists would do so as well.

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    Blacktie
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    I think all the acting nominees (non-members) will be invited given that so many of them already are members. I wonder if James Earl Jones and Oprah are already members.

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    Winfrey is definitely a member, I’d assume Jones is.

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    Chris Beachum
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    For the most recent 20 acting nominees, this would be my educated guess…

    ALREADY A MEMBER:
    Kenneth Branagh
    George Clooney
    Glenn Close
    Viola Davis
    Rooney Mara
    Janet McTeer
    Nick Nolte
    Brad Pitt
    Christopher Plummer
    Meryl Streep
    Max von Sydow
    Michelle Williams

    NOT A MEMBER:
    Jessica Chastain
    Berenice Bejo
    Demian Bichir
    Jean Dujardin
    Jonah Hill
    Melissa McCarthy
    Octavia Spencer

    UNKNOWN:
    Gary Oldman (probably)

    I think all of those seven non-members (and Oldman if necessary) will be invited this time.

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    Is it fellow branch members that sign for you (actors sign off for actors, directors sign for directors, etc.)? If that’s the case, Bichir might have a harder time since he hasn’t worked with that many actors (maybe Del Toro (Che) and Cruz (Don’t Tempt Me)).

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    Here are my probable guesses for the actors branch:

    Jessica Chastain
    Jean Dujardin
    Zach Galifanakis
    Joseph Gordon Levitt
    Jon Hamm
    Tom Hardy
    Jonah Hill
    Rachel McAdams
    Melissa McCarthy
    Robert Pattinson
    Mark Ruffallo (if he’s still not a member yet)
    Jason Segel
    Octavia Spencer
    Kristen Stewart
    Emma Stone
    Chaning Tatum
    Emma Watson

    and Kristen Wiig for Writing!

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    Logan – Yes, mutliple branch members must support/sponsor applications for new members. Nominees do not need those sponsorships. Some years, the lesser-known acting nominees did not get invited, but it seems that the current acting branch governors Hanks/Bening/Begley is making sure all of them get invited (even going back and inviting those not accepted before).

    Iskolar – If you will scroll through the previous year invitations in this thread, you will see that several names on your list are already members.

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    Boomer – correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the rule is that any applicant must have the backing of two members of the branch s/he wants to join. Members of other branches as I recall can be of no help.

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