2012 New Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 176 filmmakers, artists and executives to become members.

Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Terrence Malick Get Academy Invites
Published: June 29, 2012 @ 12:48 pm
By Steve Pond

Academy Invites 176 to Membership
Beverly Hills, CA (June 29, 2012)
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Simon Baker
Simon Baker was first recognized in 1992, when he received Australia's prestigious Logie award for Most Popular New Talent. Upon relocating to Los Angeles with his family, Baker was immediately cast in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential.
“ Actors: Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential” ” - dan_dassow
Sean Bean
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
“ Actors: Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” ” - dan_dassow
Bérénice Bejo
Actress, The Artist
Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Argentinian filmmaker Miguel Bejo. When she was age 3, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film productions. She made her American film debut as Christiana in A Knight's Tale...
“ Actors: Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” ” - dan_dassow
Tom Berenger
Actor, Inception
Born in Chicago, Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Berenger was raised in a working class home as the son of a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Tom attended the University of Missouri to study journalism. It was there he first auditioned for a role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" at the college theater on a whim and a bet with a roommate...
“ Actors: Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon” ” - dan_dassow
Demián Bichir
Demián Bichir Najera was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Maricruz Nájera (María de la Cruz Nájera Botello), an actress, and Alejandro Bichir (Alejandro Bichir Batres), a theatre director. His parents met in the theatre. He has two brothers who are also actors, Bruno Bichir and Odiseo Bichir. Demián began acting...
“ Actors: Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che” ” - dan_dassow
Jessica Chastain
Actress, The Martian
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen...
“ Actors: Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life” ” - dan_dassow
Clifton Collins Jr.
An acting chameleon who can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters, Clifton Collins Jr. is a native Angeleno who grew up destined to become a part of the Latino entertainment industry. His great-grandparents on his mother's side were a Mexican trumpet player and Spanish dancer who formed a traveling family act...
“ Actors: Clifton Collins, Jr. – “Star Trek,” “Traffic” ” - dan_dassow
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known for portraying Walter White on the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad, Hal on the Fox comedy series Malcolm in the Middle, Tim Sacksky on the CBS comedy series King of Queens, and Dr. Tim Whatley on the NBC comedy series Seinfeld...
“ Actors: Bryan Cranston – “Contagion,” “Little Miss Sunshine” ” - dan_dassow
Jean Dujardin
Actor, The Artist
In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille. This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end of "Un gars, une fille" in 2003, he has appeared in many films.
“ Actors: Jean Dujardin – “Les infidèls, “The Artist” ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Richard E. Grant – “The Iron Lady,” “Withnail & I” ” - dan_dassow
Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Sharon (Chalkin), a fashion designer and costume stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. His siblings are music manager Jordan Feldstein and actress Beanie Feldstein. He graduated from Crossroads School in Santa Monica and went on to The New School in New York to study drama...
“ Actors: Jonah Hill – “Moneyball,” “Superbad” ” - dan_dassow
Ken Howard
Ken Howard was elected the National President of The Screen Actors Guild on September 24, 2009. He has been a working member of SAG for over forty years. The Tony and two-time Emmy Award-winning actor, most recently received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Phelan Beale in critically-acclaimed Grey Gardens...
“ Actors: Ken Howard – “J. Edgar,” “In Her Shoes” ” - dan_dassow
Diego Luna
Actor, Milk
Diego Luna Alexander was born on December 29, 1979 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Alejandro Luna and Fiona Alexander, who worked as a costume designer. His father is Mexican and his mother was British, of Scottish and English descent. His mother died when Diego was only two, in a car accident. He soon became immersed in his father's passion...
“ Actors: Diego Luna – “Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También” ” - dan_dassow
Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951 in Jacksonville, Texas, to Margaret (Pruitt) and William Everett Martindale, a lumber company owner and dog handler. She is the youngest of three children, and the only daughter. Margo attended Lon Marris College, and later transferred to University of Michigan at Ann Arbor...
“ Actors: Margo Martindale – “Secretariat,” “Million Dollar Baby” ” - dan_dassow
Melissa McCarthy
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, a farmer. McCarthy began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her acting skills at The Actors Studio and appeared in many stage productions in the city before moving to Los Angeles in the late-1990s...
“ Actors: Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids,” “The Back-Up Plan” ” - dan_dassow
Matthew McConaughey
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish...
“ Actors: Matthew McConaughey – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “A Time to Kill” ” - dan_dassow
Janet McTeer
Actress, Tideland
Janet McTeer was born on August 5, 1961 in Newcastle, England, UK to parents Jean and Allan McTeer. She was raised in York from the age of 6. She attended Queen Anne Grammar School for Girls, where there was not much opportunity for drama. She became interested in acting at age 16, when she saw "She Stoops to Conquer" at the York Theater...
“ Actors: Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs,” “Tumbleweeds” ” - dan_dassow
S. Epatha Merkerson
Actress, Law & Order
A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law & Order...
“ Actors: S. Epatha Merkerson – “Mother and Child,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” ” - dan_dassow
Sam Rockwell
Actor, Moon
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ Actors: Sam Rockwell – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Moon” ” - dan_dassow
Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis is an English film actor, director and author. He is best known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)...
“ Actors: Andy Serkis – “The Prestige,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” ” - dan_dassow
Octavia Spencer
Actress, The Help
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the camera...
“ Actors: Octavia Spencer – “The Help,” “The Soloist” ” - dan_dassow
Lili Taylor
Lili Taylor is a well-known and successful American actress. She acts in film, TV and stage. She was born in Glencoe, Illinois, to Marie (Lecour) and George Park Taylor, an artist and hardware store operator. Lili graduated from New Trier High School in 1985. Then, she attended the Theatre School at DePaul University and the Piven Theatre Workshop...
“ Actors: Lili Taylor – “Being Flynn,” “High Fidelity” ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Nia Vardalos – “For a Good Time, Call…,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained,” “Ray” ” - dan_dassow
Michelle Yeoh
Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, she moved to London...
“ Actors: Michelle Yeoh – “The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” ” - dan_dassow
Laurence Bennett
Production Designer, Crash
“ Designers: Laurence Bennett – “The Artist,” “Crash” ” - dan_dassow
“ Designers: David Brisbin – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “Dead Presidents” ” - dan_dassow
Scott Chambliss
Production Designer, Star Trek
“ Designers: Scott Chambliss – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Mission: Impossible III” ” - dan_dassow
Wendy Chuck
Costume Designer, Spotlight
“ Designers: Wendy Chuck – “The Descendants,” “Sideways” ” - dan_dassow
Maria Djurkovic
Production Designer, The Imitation Game
“ Designers: Maria Djurkovic – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Hours” ” - dan_dassow
“ Designers: Sanja Milkovic Hays – “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Mission to Mars” ” - dan_dassow
Mayes C. Rubeo
Costume Designer, Avatar
“ Designers: Mayes Rubeo – “Avatar,” “Apocalypto” ” - dan_dassow
“ Designers: Anne Seibel – “Midnight in Paris,” “The Devil Wears Prada” ” - dan_dassow
Sharon Seymour
Production Designer, Argo
“ Designers: Sharon Seymour – “The Ides of March,” “Friday Night Lights” ” - dan_dassow
Sammy Sheldon
Costume Designer, Ant-Man
“ Designers: Sammy Sheldon – “X-Men: First Class,” “V for Vendetta” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Florian Ballhaus – “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “The Devil Wears Prada” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Oliver Bokelberg – “Win Win,” “The Station Agent” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Anna J. Foerster – “Anonymous” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Larry Fong – “Super 8,” “300” ” - dan_dassow
Alwin H. Küchler
Cinematographer, Divergent
“ Cinematographers: Alwin Kuchler – “Hanna,” “Proof” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Toyomichi Kurita – “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Waiting to Exhale” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: George Mooradian – “Crazy as Hell,” “Nemesis” ” - dan_dassow
Guillaume Schiffman
Cinematographer, The Artist
“ Cinematographers: Guillaume Schiffman – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” ” - dan_dassow
Terry Stacey
Cinematographer, 50/50
“ Cinematographers: Terry Stacey – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Friends with Money” ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Joseph Cedar – “Footnote (Hearat Shulayim),” “Beaufort” ” - dan_dassow
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business. In 1978 they shot their first documentary...
“ Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne – “The Kid with a Bike (Le gamin au vélo),” “The Child (L’enfant)” ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Luc Dardenne – “Lorna’s Silence (Le silence de Lorna),” “The Son (Le fils)” ” - dan_dassow
Philippe Falardeau
Director, Monsieur Lazhar
After studying Canadian politics and international relations, Philippe Falardeau was chosen in 1993 as a contestant for the popular TV series La course destination monde (a contest were the participants tour the world making short films). There, he shot 20 films and ended up winning the race as well as the IDRC Award...
“ Directors: Philippe Falardeau – “Monsieur Lazhar,” “It’s Not Me, I Swear! (C’est pas moi, je le jure!)” ” - dan_dassow
Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...
“ Directors: Asghar Farhadi* – “A Separation (Jodaieye Nadar az Simin),” “About Elly (Darbareye Elly) (also invited to the Writers Branch) ” - dan_dassow
Rodrigo García
Producer, Blue
“ Directors: Rodrigo Garcia – “Albert Nobbs,” “Mother and Child” ” - dan_dassow
Michel Hazanavicius
Director, The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film Mes amis...
“ Directors: Michel Hazanavicius* – “Les infidèles (The Players),” “The Artist” (also invited to the Writers Branch) ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Kasi Lemmons – “Talk to Me,” “Eve’s Bayou” ” - dan_dassow
Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ Directors: Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line” ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Michaël R. Roskam – “Bullhead (Rundskop)” ” - dan_dassow
Kar-Wai Wong
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
“ Directors: Wong Kar Wai – “My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: John Battsek – “The Tillman Story,” “One Day in September” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Amy Berg – “Bhutto,” “Deliver Us from Evil” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Simon Chinn – “Project Nim,” “Man on Wire” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Marshall Curry – “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” “Street Fight” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Johanna Demetrakas – “Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche,” “Bus Riders Union” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Daniel Junge – “Saving Face,” “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Mary Lampson – “Kimjongilia,” “Harlan County, USA” ” - dan_dassow
Samuel D. Pollard
Editorial Department, 25th Hour
“ Documentary: Sam Pollard – “Gerrymandering,” “4 Little Girls” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Glenn Silber – “El Salvador: Another Vietnam,” “The War at Home” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Lucy Walker – “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” “Waste Land” ” - dan_dassow
Jim Amos
A noted personality in film distribution and sales, Jim Amos served Sony Pictures for nearly 30 years. He began as a trainee in the studio's Boston branch, and company executives quickly took note of his talent. A year after joining the studio, Jim Amos relocated to San Francisco where he became a sales representative in the busy Northern California region...
“ Executives: James Amos ” - dan_dassow
Michael Bostick
Producer, Apollo 13
As a producer and executive, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Michael Bostick has worked on films that have grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide during his career in the entertainment business. After serving as CEO of Walden Media, Partner/Producer at Shady Acres Entertainment, and President of Imagine Films...
“ Executives: Michael Bostick ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Richard Brener ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Howard Mark Cohen ” - dan_dassow
David Glasser
Producer, Burnt
“ Executives: David C. Glasser ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Jeffrey B. Goldstein ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Frederick Huntsberry ” - dan_dassow
Jon Jashni
Producer, Godzilla
Jon Jashni is a content producer and media investor who recently founded Raintree Ventures, an investment and incubation fund operating in the entertainment space. Previously, Jashni was President and Chief Creative Officer of Legendary Entertainment where, as part of his duties, he oversaw the development and production of such film projects as Warcraft...
“ Executives: Jon Jashni ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Michael Marshall ” - dan_dassow
Tony Safford
Miscellaneous Crew, Somersault
“ Executives: Tony Safford ” - dan_dassow
Greg M. Silverman
Visual Effects, Black Swan
“ Executives: Gregory Silverman ” - dan_dassow
Nigel Sinclair
Producer, Rush
“ Executives: Nigel Sinclair ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Kirk Baxter – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network” ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Nicolas De Toth – “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Sum of All Fears” ” - dan_dassow
Scott Hill
Editorial Department, Liar Liar
“ Film Editors: Scott Hill – “Zookeeper,” “Bruce Almighty” ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Dan Lebental – “Iron Man 2,” “Elf” ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Glen Scantlebury – “Transformers,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” ” - dan_dassow
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Mark Coulier – “The Iron Lady,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” ” - dan_dassow
Linda D. Flowers
Makeup Department, The Hunger Games
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Linda Flowers – “The Hunger Games,” “The Social Network” ” - dan_dassow
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Toni G – “Salt,” “Monster” ” - dan_dassow
Amanda Knight
Makeup Department, Braveheart
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Amanda Knight – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Mission: Impossible” ” - dan_dassow
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Tami Lane – “Superman Returns” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” ” - dan_dassow
“ Members-at-Large: Wendy Aylsworth ” - dan_dassow
Kyle Cooper
Miscellaneous Crew, Se7en
Kyle Cooper has directed over 350 main title sequences, and has been credited with "almost single-handedly revitalizing the main-title sequence as an art form". He is the founder of two internationally recognized film design companies, Imaginary Forces and Prologue Films. Cooper earned a M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art...
“ Members-at-Large: Kyle Cooper ” - dan_dassow
“ Members-at-Large: Patrick Crowley ” - dan_dassow
“ Members-at-Large: Bud Davis ” - dan_dassow
“ Members-at-Large: Chris deFaria ” - dan_dassow
Sarah Katzman
Casting Department, Scream
“ Members-at-Large: Sarah Katzman ” - dan_dassow
John Kilkenny
Visual Effects, Titanic
John Kilkenny is a President at Twentieth Century Fox, heading the studio's visual effects department. His division budgets, produces and oversees all the visual effects on feature films made by the studio's production units, TCF, Fox 2000 Pictures and Fox Searchlight Pictures. Mr. Kilkenny oversaw the Academy Award winning effects on Avatar...
“ Members-at-Large: John Kilkenny ” - dan_dassow
Heidi Levitt
Casting Director, The Artist
As a graduate of Barnard College and the AFI Producers Program, Heidi has cast such successful films as JFK, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, Nurse Betty, The Rock, The Joy Luck Club, Smoke and Benny & Joon. In addition to casting Lakeview Terrace with director Neil LaBute who Heidi has worked with for over ten years on both film and theatre projects...
“ Members-at-Large: Heidi Levitt ” - dan_dassow
Kerry Lyn McKissick
Miscellaneous Crew, The Hangover
“ Members-at-Large: Kerry Lyn McKissick ” - dan_dassow
“ Members-at-Large: Elizabeth Sayre ” - dan_dassow
Michael Tadross
Production Manager, I Am Legend
“ Members-at-Large: Michael Tadross ” - dan_dassow
Mary Vernieu
Casting Director, Black Swan
“ Members-at-Large: Mary Vernieu ” - dan_dassow
“ Music: Ludovic Bource – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Lost In Rio” ” - dan_dassow