2011 New Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 178 filmmakers, artists and executives to become members.

Academy Invites 178 to Membership
Beverly Hills, CA (June 17, 2011)
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Russell Brand
Russell Brand was born on June 4, 1975, in Grays, Essex, England, the son of Barbara Elizabeth (Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. An only child, his parents divorced when he was only six months old, and he was subsequently raised by his mother. Enduring a difficult childhood that saw...
“ Actors: Russell Brand – "Arthur," "Get Him to the Greek" ” - dan_dassow
Gerard Butler
Actor, 300
Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child...
“ Actors: Gerard Butler – "The Ugly Truth," "300" ” - dan_dassow
Vincent Cassel
Actor, Black Swan
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ Actors: Vincent Cassel – "Black Swan," "Eastern Promises" ” - dan_dassow
Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane, one of Britain's most popular comedians who was head of debating society at school and won prizes for his art, is now a film star who played in two James Bond films and in the "Harry Potter" franchise. Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a suburb of Glasgow...
“ Actors: Robbie Coltrane – "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," "Mona Lisa" ” - dan_dassow
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charles John Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. Immediately after Bradley graduated from the Honors English program at Georgetown University in 1997...
“ Actors: Bradley Cooper – "Limitless," "The Hangover" ” - dan_dassow
John Corbett
John Corbett is an American actor who received Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Chris Stevens in Northern Exposure, and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Aidan Shaw in Sex and the City. He was born John Joseph Corbett on May 9...
“ Actors: John Corbett – "Sex and the City 2," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Rosemarie DeWitt – "The Company Men," "Rachel Getting Married" ” - dan_dassow
Peter Dinklage
Peter Hayden Dinklage was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Diane (Hayden), an elementary school teacher, and John Carl Dinklage, an insurance salesman. He is of German, Irish, and English descent. In 1991, he received a degree in drama from Bennington College and began his career. His exquisite theatre work that expresses brilliantly the unique range of his acting qualities...
“ Actors: Peter Dinklage – "Find Me Guilty," "The Station Agent" ” - dan_dassow
David Duchovny
David William Duchovny was born on August 7, 1960, in New York City, New York, USA. His father, Amram Ducovny, was a writer and publicist who was from a family of Jewish immigrants (from Ukraine and Poland), and worked for the American Jewish Committee. His mother, Margaret (Miller), was a Scottish-born school teacher...
“ Actors: David Duchovny – "Things We Lost in the Fire," "The X-Files" ” - dan_dassow
Jesse Eisenberg
Curly haired and with a fast-talking voice, Jesse Eisenberg is a movie actor, known for his Academy Award nominated role as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network. He has also starred in the films The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, The Education of Charlie Banks, 30 Minutes or Less...
“ Actors: Jesse Eisenberg – "The Social Network," "The Squid and the Whale" ” - dan_dassow
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John Garner...
“ Actors: Jennifer Garner – "Arthur," "Juno" ” - dan_dassow
John Hawkes
John Hawkes was born John Marvin Perkins in Alexandria, Minnesota, to Patricia Jeanne (Olson) and Peter John Perkins, a farmer. He is of British and Scandinavian descent. John moved to Austin, Texas to begin his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions Theatre Company and appeared in the group's original play...
“ Actors: John Hawkes – "Winter's Bone," "The Perfect Storm" ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Thomas Jane – "The Mist," "The Thin Red Line" ” - dan_dassow
Nastassja Kinski
Actress, Paris, Texas
Nastassja Kinski was born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski on January 24, 1961 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. In 1976, she met director Roman Polanski, who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic drama Stay as You Are with Marcello Mastroianni...
“ Actors: Nastassja Kinski – "An American Rhapsody," "Tess" ” - dan_dassow
Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles designs their glittering costumes. Solange, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé is of African-American and Creole descent...
“ Actors: Beyonce Knowles – "Dreamgirls," "Austin Powers in Goldmember" ” - dan_dassow
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ Actors: Mila Kunis – "Black Swan," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" ” - dan_dassow
Jennifer Lawrence
The highest-paid actress in the world, with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, 1990 in Louisville...
“ Actors: Jennifer Lawrence – "Winter's Bone," "The Burning Plain" ” - dan_dassow
Téa Leoni
Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni was born in New York, on February 25, 1966. Her father, Anthony Pantaleoni, was a corporate lawyer, and her mother, Emily Patterson, was a dietitian and nutritionist. She is of Italian (from a paternal great-great-grandfather), Polish, English, Irish, and German descent. Téa attended but did not complete studies at Sarah Lawrence College...
“ Actors: Tea Leoni – "Ghost Town," "Spanglish" ” - dan_dassow
Anthony Mackie
Anthony Mackie is an American actor. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Martha (Gordon) and Willie Mackie, Sr., who owned a business, Mackie Roofing. Anthony has been featured in feature films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow...
“ Actors: Anthony Mackie – "The Hurt Locker," "Million Dollar Baby" ” - dan_dassow
Lesley Manville
Actress, Maleficent
Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award winning stage and screen actress and has worked extensively with the director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Secrets & Lies (1996). Lesley was made an OBE in the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours List.
“ Actors: Lesley Manville – "Another Year," "Topsy-Turvy" ” - dan_dassow
Rooney Mara
Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall, and has since starred in the horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street...
“ Actors: Rooney Mara – "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Social Network" ” - dan_dassow
Dominic Monaghan
Dominic Monaghan is best known for his role in the movie adaptations of "Lord of the Rings". Before that, he became known in England for his role in the British television drama Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Monaghan was born in Berlin, West Germany, to British parents Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, a science teacher...
“ Actors: Dominic Monaghan – "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" ” - dan_dassow
Connie Nielsen
Actress, Gladiator
Danish beauty Connie Nielsen consistently lights up the screen with an eclectic bevy of film roles. She was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to a mother who worked as an insurance clerk, and a father, Bent Nielsen, who was a bus driver. Nielsen began her acting career working alongside her mother on the local revue and variety scene...
“ Actors: Connie Nielsen – "Brothers," "Gladiator" ” - dan_dassow
Ellen Page
Actress, Inception
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony...
“ Actors: Ellen Page – "Inception," "Juno" ” - dan_dassow
Wes Studi
Actor, Avatar
From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves...
“ Actors: Wes Studi – "Avatar," "The Last of the Mohicans" ” - dan_dassow
Mia Wasikowska
Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight, her family moved to Poland for a year...
“ Actors: Mia Wasikowska – "Jane Eyre," "The Kids Are All Right" ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Jacki Weaver – "Animal Kingdom," "Cosi" ” - dan_dassow
Geefwee Boedoe
Art Department, Monsters, Inc.
“ Animators: Geefwee Boedoe – "Let's Pollute," "Monsters, Inc." ” - dan_dassow
Alessandro Carloni
Animation Department, Kung Fu Panda
“ Animators: Alessandro Carloni – "How to Train Your Dragon," "Over the Hedge" ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Sylvain Chomet – "The Illusionist," "The Triplets of Belleville" ” - dan_dassow
Jakob Hjort Jensen
Animation Department, The Croods
Jakob Hjort Jensen has been working in the animation industry for over 20 years for DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Animation and Imagi Animation where he acted as the Animation Director on the theatrical release "Astro Boy." A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Jensen started his career in animation at the age of 17...
“ Animators: Jakob Hjort Jensen – "How to Train Your Dragon," "Flushed Away" ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Biljana Labovic – "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger," "Idiots and Angels" ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Tomm Moore – "The Secret of Kells," "Backwards Boy" ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Teddy Newton – "Day & Night," "Ratatouille" ” - dan_dassow
Bob Peterson
Actor, Up
Bob Peterson was born in Wooster, Ohio, USA, in 1961. He studied mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University, where he took computer graphics courses and graduated in 1983. He continued his studies in mechanical engineering at Purdue University where he earned a master's degree in 1986. While a student...
“ Animators: Bob Peterson – "Up," "Finding Nemo" (also invited to the Writers Branch) ” - dan_dassow
Javier Recio Gracia
Art Department, Rise of the Guardians
Javier Recio Gracia was born in Madrid, Spain in July of 1981. At the age of 6, Javier and his family moved to Granada, Spain, where he began to explore his interest in art and illustration. By the age of 16, he and his friends began developing an anthology of graphic novels, Proyecto Comic, which was published and in circulation for 10 years...
“ Animators: Javier Recio Gracia – "The Lady and the Reaper," "The Missing Lynx" ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Andrew Ruhemann – "The Lost Thing," "City Paradise" ” - dan_dassow
Kristof Serrand
Animation Department, The Croods
“ Animators: Kristof Serrand – "How to Train Your Dragon," "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Shaun Tan – "The Lost Thing," "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Simon Wells – "Mars Needs Moms," "The Prince of Egypt" ” - dan_dassow
Anahid Nazarian
Miscellaneous Crew, Apocalypse Now
“ Art Directors: Anahid Nazarian – "The Virgin Suicides," "The Godfather, Part III" ” - dan_dassow
“ Art Directors: Lauren E. Polizzi – "Cowboys & Aliens," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: George Aguilar ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: Barry Bernardi ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: Christopher Dodd ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: Ted Gagliano ” - dan_dassow
James L. Honore
Production Manager, The Hitcher
“ At-Large: James L. Honore ” - dan_dassow
Dawn Hudson
Actress, High Crimes
Dawn Hudson has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2011. Dawn Hudson was the Executive Director of Film Independent (formerly IFP/Los Angeles) since 1991. Under her leadership, Film Independent has grown seven-fold, from a 900-member organization to its current membership of 5,000...
“ At-Large: Dawn Hudson ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: Beverly Pasterczyk, Kodak (name not in IMDb) ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: Randall Poster ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: Ric Robertson ” - dan_dassow
“ At-Large: David Schnuelle ” - dan_dassow
Randy Spendlove
Music Department, Amélie
“ At-Large: Randy Spendlove ” - dan_dassow
Beverly Wood
Miscellaneous Crew, The Hours
“ At-Large: Beverly Joanna Wood ” - dan_dassow
Nina Gold
Casting Director, Game of Thrones
“ Casting Directors: Nina Gold – "The King's Speech," "Jane Eyre" ” - dan_dassow
Jina Jay
Casting Director, Rogue One
“ Casting Directors: Jina Jay – "The Reader," "Layer Cake" ” - dan_dassow
Lora Kennedy
Casting Director, Argo
“ Casting Directors: Lora Kennedy – "The Town," "Syriana" ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Frank Byers – "Illegal Tender," "Boxing Helena" ” - dan_dassow
Patrick Cady
Cinematographer, Bosch
“ Cinematographers: Patrick Cady – "Lottery Ticket," "Broken Bridges" ” - dan_dassow
Danny Cohen
Cinematographer, The King's Speech
Danny Cohen was born in London in 1963. He took a social sciences degree at Sheffield Polytechnic and had a long time interest in photography, particularly stills work. He became a photographic technician at Middlesex Polytechnic and then a camera assistant on documentaries, commercials and films for eight years...
“ Cinematographers: Danny Cohen – "The King's Speech," "Pirate Radio" ” - dan_dassow
Lukas Ettlin
Cinematographer, The Lincoln Lawyer
“ Cinematographers: Lukas Ettlin – "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Middle Men" ” - dan_dassow
Steven Fierberg
Cinematographer, The Affair
“ Cinematographers: Steven Fierberg – "Love & Other Drugs," "Secretary" ” - dan_dassow
Barry Markowitz
Cinematographer, LBJ
“ Cinematographers: Barry Markowitz – "Crazy Heart," "Sling Blade" ” - dan_dassow
Charles Minsky
Cinematographer, Pretty Woman
“ Cinematographers: Charles Minsky – "Valentine's Day," "Pretty Woman" ” - dan_dassow
Lawrence Sher
Cinematographer, The Hangover
“ Cinematographers: Lawrence Sher – "The Hangover," "Garden State" ” - dan_dassow
Eric Steelberg
Cinematographer, Juno
“ Cinematographers: Eric Steelberg – "Up in the Air," "(500) Days of Summer" ” - dan_dassow
“ Costume Designers: Odile Dicks-Mireaux – "An Education," "The Constant Gardener" ” - dan_dassow
“ Costume Designers: Sarah Edwards – "Salt," "Michael Clayton" ” - dan_dassow
Danny Glicker
Costume Designer, Up in the Air
“ Costume Designers: Danny Glicker – "Up in the Air," "Milk" ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Gregg Araki – "Kaboom," "Nowhere" ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Susanne Bier – "In a Better World," "After the Wedding" ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Neil Burger – "Limitless," "The Illusionist" ” - dan_dassow
Lisa Cholodenko
Lisa Cholodenko earned an MFA at Columbia University Film School where she made an award-winning short film Dinner Party (1997) Her feature High Art (1998) won the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy's performance and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. Both "High Art" and Laurel Canyon (2002) premiered at Cannes Director's Fortnight.
“ Directors: Lisa Cholodenko – "The Kids Are All Right," "Laurel Canyon" (also invited to the Writers Branch) ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Debra Granik – "Winter's Bone," "Down to the Bone" (also invited to the Writers Branch) ” - dan_dassow
Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces, which premiered at the London Film Festival; it was released theatrically and later shown on Channel 4...
“ Directors: Tom Hooper – "The King's Speech," "The Damned United" ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: John Cameron Mitchell – "Rabbit Hole," "Shortbus" ” - dan_dassow
Yôjirô Takita
Director, Departures
Born in Takaoka, Toyama, Yojiro Takita came to international audiences' attention with the release of Okuribito ('Departures'), which won the Best foreign Language film awards at the Oscars in 2009. He had begun his directorial career in the 1980s with the 'chikan' ('molester') series depicting gropers in settings like trains...
“ Directors: Yojiro Takita – "Departures," "Himitsu" ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Jon Alpert – "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province," "Lock-up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island" ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Amir Bar-Lev – "The Tillman Story," "Fighter" ” - dan_dassow
Lesley Chilcott
Lesley Chilcott is a producer and director, known for An Inconvenient Truth (2006), It Might Get Loud (2008), Waiting for 'Superman' (2010), A Small Section of the World (2014), and CodeGirl (2015). Her short film CodeStars (2013) garnered 20 million plus views online. She was born in Bellflower, CA and lives in Los Angeles.
“ Documentary: Lesley Chilcott – "Waiting for 'Superman'," "It Might Get Loud" ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Carl Deal – "Capitalism: A Love Story," "Trouble the Water" ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Charles Ferguson – "Inside Job," "No End in Sight" ” - dan_dassow
Tim Hetherington
Cinematographer, Restrepo
Tim Hetherington was born in Liverpool, UK. He studied literature at Oxford University and later returned to college to study photojournalism. He lives in New York and is a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair magazine. His interest lies in creating diverse forms of visual communication and his work has ranged from multi-screen installations...
“ Documentary: Tim Hetherington – "Restrepo" (posthumous) ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Sebastian Junger – "Restrepo" ” - dan_dassow
Thomas Lennon
Writer, RKO 281
Thomas Lennon's work in documentary film has earned him an Academy Award and three Academy nominations. But more often his good fortune has come in pairs: two national Emmys, two duPont-Columbia awards, two George Foster Peabody awards, and two films that premiered at Sundance. Lennon most recently directed Sacred...
“ Documentary: Thomas Lennon – "The Warriors of Qiugang," "The Blood of Yingzhou District" ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Diane Weyermann – "Waiting for 'Superman'," "Food, Inc." ” - dan_dassow
Ruby Yang
Ruby Yang won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006). She is also known for directing The Warriors of Qiugang (2010) and My Voice, My Life (2014). In 2003, along with filmmaker Thomas F. Lennon, Yang founded the Chang Ai Media Project to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in China...
“ Documentary: Ruby Yang – "The Blood of Yingzhou District," "The Warriors of Qiugang" ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: William J. Damaschke ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Richard M. Fay ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Donna Langley ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Vanessa L. Morrison ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Bill Pohlad ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Rich Ross ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Jeff Small ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Thomas Tull ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Tariq Anwar – "The King's Speech," "American Beauty" ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Naomi Geraghty – "Limitless," "Reservation Road" ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Jon Harris – "127 Hours," "Layer Cake" ” - dan_dassow
Darren T. Holmes
Editorial Department, The Lion King
“ Film Editors: Darren Holmes – "How to Train Your Dragon," "The Iron Giant" ” - dan_dassow