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. The members will vote to select the nominees and winners.
?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 list of new members includes among others Jennifer Lawrence, Jesse Eisenberg, Russel Brand, Beyonce Knowles, Vincent Cassel, Dominic Monaghan, Mia Wasikowska, Debra Granik and documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April.