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Academy Invites 395 New Members

Short Film and Feature Animation branch adds 39 new members, with 34 added to the Visual Effects branch; Academy cuts number of new invitees while reaffirming goals to cultivate membership that reflects the diverse film community.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is inviting 395 artists and executives to join the organization; invitees include individuals who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.

The 2021 class is 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 53% international from 49 countries outside of the United States. There are 89 Oscar nominees, including 25 winners, among the invitees. Eight individuals have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches.  These individuals must select one branch upon accepting membership.

To enable steady future growth and to ensure the necessary infrastructure, staff resources and environment to support all Academy members, the number invited to membership was limited to roughly half that of recent years.

The Academy’s Board of Governors voted on branch-specific guidelines to be applied in determining this year’s new membership invitees. Oscar winners and nominees were considered without limitation by applicable branches. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2021.

39 individuals were invited to join the “Short Film and Feature Animation” branch; 34 for “Visual Effects.” A complete list of all 395 artists and executives invited to join the Academy is available here.

Short Films and Feature Animation

  • Rita del Rosario Basulto – Eclosión, Rain in the Eyes
  • Ossama Bawardi – The Present, Haneen
  • Will Becher – A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Jerry Beck – Wicked City, Robot Carnival
  • John Bryant – The Wild Thornberrys Movie, Rugrats in Paris
  • Réka Bucsi – Solar Walk, Symphony No. 42
  • Clara Chan – Over the Moon, Storks
  • Peilin Chou – Over the Moon, Abominable
  • Sharon Colman – The Croods, Badgered
  • Anca Damian – Marona’s Fantastic Tale, Crulic – The Path to Beyond
  • Philippe Denis – Trolls, Megamind
  • Travon Free – Two Distant Strangers
  • Andrew Gent – Isle of Dogs, Frankenweenie
  • Michael Govier – If Anything Happens I Love You, Space for Rent
  • Gísli Darri Halldórsson – Yes-People, Kókó the Killer Whale
  • SungHo Hong – Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, Sky Blue
  • Joey Horvitz – Game, Friday Night
  • Brenden Hubbard – The Helping Hand, Cul-de-Sac
  • Jeanette Jeanenne – Departures, Trusts & Estates
  • Sebastian Kapijimpanga – Over the Moon, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
  • Sara Koppel – Embraces & the Touch of Skin, Seriously Deadly Silence
  • Christophe Lautrette – The Croods, Bee Movie
  • Carolina Markowicz – The Orphan (O Órfão), Tatuapé Mahal Tower
  • Will McCormack – If Anything Happens I Love You, Toy Story 4
  • Adrien Mérigeau – Genius Loci, Song of the Sea
  • François Morisset – Bonobo, Sin Cielo
  • Dana Murray – Soul, Lou
  • Farah Nabulsi – The Present, Nightmare of Gaza
  • Erick Oh – Opera, The Dam Keeper
  • Gennie Rim – Over the Moon, Dear Basketball
  • Martin Desmond Roe – Two Distant Strangers, Buzkashi Boys
  • Madeline Sharafian – Burrow, Onward
  • Tomer Shushan – White Eye, Inside Shells
  • Lisa Stewart – Turbo, Monsters vs Aliens
  • Ross Stewart – Wolfwalkers, The Secret of Kells
  • Erez Tadmor – Sirens, Dear God
  • Charles Williams – All These Creatures, Home
  • Nate Wragg – The Croods: A New Age, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • Carlos Zaragoza – The Emoji Movie, Gnomeo & Julie

Visual Effects

  • Lance Baetkey – Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Peta Bayley – Dolittle, Shazam!
  • Dennis Berardi – Shazam!, The Shape of Water
  • Daniele Bigi – Aladdin, Ready Player One
  • Axel Bonami – Artemis Fowl, Godzilla
  • Genevieve Camilleri – Love and Monsters, Velvet Buzzsaw
  • Raymond Chen – Alita: Battle Angel, The Meg
  • Yeenshi Chen – Over the Moon, Life of Pi
  • Santiago Colomo Martinez – The One and Only Ivan, The Jungle Book
  • Michael Joseph Conte – Terminator Genisys, Elysium
  • Michael Cozens – Alita: Battle Angel, Pete’s Dragon
  • Ferran Domenech – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Alien: Covenant
  • Benoit Dubuc – Missing Link, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Scott Edelstein – Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Matt Everitt – Love and Monsters, Skyscraper
  • Pawl Fulker – Dolittle, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • John Haley – Hellboy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Sherry Lynn Hitch – Mank, The Irishman
  • Nick Hsieh – Monster Hunt, Looper
  • Chia-Chi Hu – Soul, Incredibles 2
  • Steve Ingram – Mulan, Pete’s Dragon
  • Ben Jones – The One and Only Ivan, The Lion King
  • Shannon Justison – Spider-Man: Far from Home, Captain Marvel
  • Matthew Kasmir – The Midnight Sky, Paddington
  • Michael Kennedy – The Jungle Book, Prometheus
  • Ryan Laney – Welcome to Chechnya, Ant-Man
  • David Lee – Tenet, John Carter
  • May Leung – Bohemian Rhapsody, Star Trek Beyond
  • Viktor Muller – Voyagers, Gemini Man
  • Max Solomon – The Midnight Sky, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
  • Sheldon Stopsack – Gemini Man, Terminator: Dark Fate
  • Damien Stumpf – Cruella, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Stephen Unterfranz – Shadow in the Cloud, Rampage
  • David Watkins – The Midnight Sky, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences