By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
The Academy 134
The results of the annual ritual of inviting new members into The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences were officially announced this morning. 134 new invitees.
Most of what is interesting is along the lines of “what too so long?” For instance, Paramount’s head of marketing, Megan Colligan or long-time in-house big brain David Kaminow or screenwriter John August or producers Kathy Conrad, James Lassiter, and Paula Wagner or execs Dan Battsek and Claudia Lewis or documentarian Rachel Grady or Danny Boyle or cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle or the Supporting Actress nominee of last year, Amy Ryan.
Quietly leaping in is Russell Smith, who didn’t get blackballed – as I worried – after the public whining about him not getting in last year. (He deserved the slot then, as he does now.)
The Acting Branch seems to have gotten the message that it has been overly cautious about invites – last year inviting only 7 actors to join and 16 the year before – went in for 20 new members, half of whom have never been nominated.
It clearly pays to be an Apatow regular, as his cache put Michael Cera, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Paul Rudd into the Academy this year. Jonah Hill must be depressed.