AMPAS invites 13 animators to join organization

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Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives — including 13 animators — 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 roster of members of the Academy, which hands out the Oscars each year.

These are the animators invited:

Geefwee Boedoe — Let’s Pollute, Monsters, Inc.
Alessandro Carloni — How to Train Your Dragon, Over the Hedge
Sylvain Chomet — The Illusionist, The Triplets of Belleville
Jakob Hjort Jensen — How to Train Your Dragon, Flushed Away
Biljana Labovic — The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger, Idiots and Angels
Tomm Moore — The Secret of Kells, Backwards Boy
Teddy Newton — Day & Night, Ratatouille
Bob Peterson — Up, Finding Nemo (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Javier Recio Gracia — The Lady and the Reaper, The Missing Lynx
Andrew Ruhemann — The Lost Thing, City Paradise
Kristof Serrand — How to Train Your Dragon, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Shaun Tan — The Lost Thing, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
Simon Wells — Mars Needs Moms, The Prince of Egypt

Also invited were film editor Darren Holmes (How to Train Your Dragon, The Iron Giant) and visual effects artists Tim Alexander (Rango), Rob Bredow (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Polar Express), Sean Phillips (Alice in Wonderland, The Polar Express) and Brian Van’t Hul (Coraline).

“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 Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but, as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April. Hetherington had been a 2010 nominee for his film Restrepo, but he died prior to the Academy’s spring meetings to select new members. The Documentary Branch proposed that Hetherington’s name be included among the year’s invitees. The governors agreed.

Individuals invited to join multiple branches must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

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