LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 683 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2016.
18 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches. These individuals must select one branch upon accepting membership.
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in the fall.
The 2016 invitees are:
Anthony Anderson – “The Departed,” “Hustle & Flow”
Idris Elba – “Beasts of No Nation,” “Pacific Rim”
America Ferrera – “Cesar Chavez,” “End of Watch”
Vivica A. Fox – “Kill Bill,” “Independence Day”
Morris Chestnut – “G.I. Jane,” “Boyz N the Hood”
Regina King – “Ray,” “Jerry Maguire”
Gabrielle Union – “Top Five,” “Bad Boys II
Marlon Wayans – “The Heat,” “Requiem for a Dream”
Loretta Devine – “Crash,” “I Am Sam”
The President of the Academy issued a public statement, stating:
“On behalf of the Academy, I am honored to extend membership invitations to 683 distinguished filmmakers, artists and executives who represent the best in our global film community, and who have made a lasting impact on movie fans everywhere.
We’re proud to welcome these new members to the Academy, and know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation, a mission and not just a membership.
This class continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today. We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”
Cheryl Boone Isaacs