Monday, May 27, 2024

Film Academy Invites A Whopping 928 New Members from 59 Countries, 17 Oscar Winners, 92 Nominees


The Motion Picture Academy has found 928 new members to invite, from 59 different countries.

They’ve cast their web so wide that, really, only Stormy Daniels is left for next year. (Just kidding.)

A lot of people are in now who you might associate mostly with television. Maybe they made one or two movies of no significance, but if they’re anything other than white, or men, they’re in.

The Academy is really touting inclusion of women– many of whom should long ago have been made members, like Christine Baranski or Eileen Atkins. Julie Kavner is finally in, even though we think of her mostly from “Rhoda” or “The Simpsons.” Six time Tony winner Audra McDonald is in, as is Indian actress Tabu (I wondered what happened to her), and Scientologist Yeardley Smith of “The Simpsons” (also TV).

In music, they’ve added Melissa Etheridge, Questlove from the Roots, and Kendrick Lamar.

Plus some of our favorite publicists got in, including Janice Roland, Michael Kupferberg, Nicolette Aizenberg, Scott Feinstein, Lina Plath, Shannon Treusch, Pete Dangerfield, Vicky Eguia, and the just married Bebe Lerner!

Congrats to all!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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