Oscar 2008: Academy Invites 105 New Members

June 23, 2008–The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is expanding its members by inviting 105 film artists to join Hollywood's most exclusive club, the group that votes for the Oscar Awards.

Along with Sacha Baron Cohen, Ruby Dee, Jet Li, and Marion Cotillard, who won Best Actress Oscar for “La Vie En Rose,” actors invited into the academy were Josh Brolin, Allison Janney, and Ray Winstone.

Ruby Dee was a supporting-actress nominee for last year's “American Gangster,” while Cohen had a screenplay nomination the previous year with “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

Also on the list of invitees were Jason Reitman, a best-director nominee for last year's “Juno,” and that film's writer, Diablo Cody, who won the original-screenplay Oscar.

Others include directors Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”), Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don't Cry”) and Gore Verbinski (“The Pirates of the Caribbean” movies); writers Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can”) and Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages”); and animators Ash Brannon (“Surf's Up”) and David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie”).

These individuals are all incredibly talented and a credit to the world of filmmaking,” said Sid Ganis, academy president. The academy has just under 6,000 voting members.

New Members by Branch


Sacha Baron Cohen
Josh Brolin
Marion Cotillard
Ruby Dee
Allison Janney
Jet Li
Ray Winstone


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

Members At-Large

Jim Houston
Neil Machlis
Sheila Nevins

Casting Directors

Ronna Kress


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

Costume Designers

Isis Mussenden


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


Nanette Burstein
Heidi Ewing
Liz Garbus
Michele Ohayon
Deborah Shaffer


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


Jan Archibald
Kate Biscoe
Didier Lavergne
Christien Tinsley


Glen Ballard
J. J. George
Michael Giacchino


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


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


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