The Academy has announced it's list of 120 new recruits throughout the spectrum of filmmaking. These people (no matter what their age) have demonstrated their contribution to film and are, apparently, the "most exceptionally qualified" of those names that were submitted. Most of the actors included were nominees, as the only winner that appears is Rachel Weisz, so the other three must've already been members (I find it odd that Reese would've already been an Academy member). Anyway.
Here's a rundown of the list.
Not really much to comment on here. Hayley Mills! Hilarious. I'm not as angered by Dakota Fanning's inclusion as some people may think. I do hate the skanky manky mole, but she's definitely proven her worth as a movie star. The only strange thing is that she won't even be able to see half (or more, usually) of the performances that people will be talking about. I'm also confused as to why Amy Adams is a member, but Michelle Williams isn't? Their performances were equally praised and the quality of their non-Oscared roles are pretty similar (With Williams having an edge I think), so why wasn't Williams invited? Bah. I assume Paul Giamatti and Matt Dillon (the only other first timers not on the list) were already members.
Some great names on there like Lance Acord, Cesar Charlone, Paul Cameron and Wally Pfister.
Jacquline Durran must've been the only costume designer nominated this year that wasn't already members I'm assuming. Odd though, because Janty Yates won this category for Gladiator - maybe they're far more picky here than in the actors section?
I love that they judged Mark Waters as having proven his worth. Mark being the director of Freaky Friday and Mean Girls!!! Also, Herzog and Holohcener finally get in, while Miller and Hood are lucky ones.
HAYAO MIYAZAKI!!! Yay!
Well... there's SOME new blood. Iglesias and Marianelli were two of the most surprising nominees in a long time (for Best Original Score) so it's great to see them there and DOLLY PARTON! I Heart Dolly Parton.
Interesting that Futterman is a member of the writers branch! Great to see Carriere on there, so too Kushner, Caine, Baumbach and Olsen. Blah to Bobby Moresco.
The entire list is here, including all the other branches.