2010 New Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Academy Invites 135 to Membership
Beverly Hills, CA (June 25, 2010)
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Tobin Bell
Actor, Saw
Tobin Bell is an American actor with a career in film, television and theater spanning three decades. He was born in Queens, New York and raised in Weymouth, Mass. His mother is the British actress Eileen Bell. He is perhaps best known for his role as the iconic villain "Jigsaw" in the Saw film series...
“ Actors: Tobin Bell – “Saw,” “The Firm” ” - dan_dassow
Vera Farmiga
Actress, The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Bates Motel. She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the second of seven children...
“ Actors: Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air,” “The Departed” ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Miguel Ferrer – “Traffic,” “RoboCop” ” - dan_dassow
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin...
“ Actors: James Gandolfini – “In the Loop,” “Get Shorty” ” - dan_dassow
Anna Kendrick
Actress, Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent. For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award (second youngest ever)...
“ Actors: Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air,” “Twilight” ” - dan_dassow
Actress, Precious
Monique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers. ...
“ Actors: Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Phat Girlz” ” - dan_dassow
Carey Mulligan
Actress, Drive
Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry. Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley...
“ Actors: Carey Mulligan – “An Education,” “Public Enemies” ” - dan_dassow
Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Lee Renner was born in Modesto, California, the son of Valerie (Tague) and Lee Renner, who managed a bowling alley. After a tumultuous yet happy childhood with his four younger siblings, Renner graduated from Beyer High School and attended Modesto Junior College. He explored several areas of study...
“ Actors: Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker,” “28 Weeks Later" ” - dan_dassow
Ryan Reynolds
Actor, Deadpool
Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children. His father, James Chester Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, worked as a retail-store saleswoman. Between 1991-93, Ryan appeared in Fifteen, a Nickleodeon series taped in Florida with many other Canadian actors...
“ Actors: Ryan Reynolds – “The Proposal,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” ” - dan_dassow
LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Actress, U.S. Marshals
She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971. While a student at Spelman (an all-female institution), she met Samuel L. Jackson, who was a student at Morehouse College (the all-male institution affiliated with Spelman), who would later become her husband. She and Jackson have one daughter named Zoe.
“ Actors: LaTanya Richardson Jackson – “Mother and Child,” “Losing Isaiah” ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Peter Riegert – “Traffic,” "Crossing Delancey" ” - dan_dassow
“ Actors: Sam Robards – “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “American Beauty” ” - dan_dassow
Saoirse Ronan
Actress, Atonement
Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in its County Carlow. Saoirse made her first TV appearance with a small role in a few episodes of the TV series...
“ Actors: Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones,” “Atonement” ” - dan_dassow
Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for the next seven years...
“ Actors: Zoe Saldana – “Avatar,” “Star Trek” ” - dan_dassow
Adam Sandler
Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took the stage at a Boston comedy club...
“ Actors: Adam Sandler – “Funny People,” “Punch-Drunk Love” ” - dan_dassow
Peter Sarsgaard
Actor, Jarhead
Peter Sarsgaard was born at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to Judy Lea (Reinhardt) and John Dale Sarsgaard, an engineer who worked for the Air Force and later Monsanto and IBM. He is a graduate of St. Louis' Washington University, where he majored in history and literature. He was a co-founder of the...
“ Actors: Peter Sarsgaard – “An Education,” "Boys Don’t Cry" ” - dan_dassow
Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Precious
Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious, was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver. Her mother is African-American and her father is Senegalese...
“ Actors: Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” ” - dan_dassow
Shaun Toub
Actor, Iron Man
Shaun Toub was born in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family. He was raised in Manchester, England. At the age of 14, he moved to Switzerland and after a two year stay, he crossed the Atlantic to Nashua, New Hampshire, to finish his last year of high school. After two years of college in Massachusetts...
“ Actors: Shaun Toub – “Iron Man,” “The Kite Runner” ” - dan_dassow
Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
“ Actors: Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds” ” - dan_dassow
George Wyner
A native of Boston and graduate of Syracuse University, George has worked extensively in TV and film since 1972. Notable film work includes the Coen Brothers' best-picture nominee "A Serious Man," (Rabbi Nachtner) and Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs," (Colonel Sandurz) and "To Be or Not To Be." Among other...
“ Actors: George Wyner – “A Serious Man,” “American Pie 2” ” - dan_dassow
Ken Bielenberg
Visual Effects, Shrek
“ Animators: Ken Bielenberg – “Monsters vs Aliens,” “Shrek” ” - dan_dassow
Peter DeSève
Art Department, Finding Nemo
“ Animators: Peter de Seve – “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Ratatouille” ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Steve Hickner – “Bee Movie,” "The Prince of Egypt" ” - dan_dassow
Angus MacLane
Animation Department, Monsters, Inc.
“ Animators: Angus MacLane – “Toy Story 3,” “WALL-E” ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Darragh O’Connell – “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” “Give Up Yer Aul Sins” ” - dan_dassow
Simon Otto
Animation Department, How to Train Your Dragon 2
Simon Otto is a Director, Animator and Story Artist for DreamWorks Animation. Most recently, Simon directed various television episodes for DreamWorks TV and Netflix. Simon is known for his work as the Head of Character Animation of the How to Train Your Dragon movie franchise for DreamWorks Animation...
“ Animators: Simon Otto – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda” ” - dan_dassow
Bob Pauley
Production Designer, Monsters, Inc.
“ Animators: Bob Pauley – “Toy Story 3,” “Monsters, Inc.” ” - dan_dassow
“ Animators: Willem Thijssen – “The Aroma of Tea,” “A Greek Tragedy" ” - dan_dassow
Kim Sinclair
Art Director, Avatar
“ Art Directors: Kim Sinclair – “Avatar,” “Cast Away” ” - dan_dassow
David Warren
Art Director, Hugo
“ Art Directors: Dave Warren – “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” ” - dan_dassow
Darcy Antonellis
Darcy serves as Vubiquity's Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Vubiquity, Darcy was President, Technical Operations and CTO at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., a post she held since January 2008. In this role, she influenced and directed Warner Bros.' technology strategy and vision to leverage...
“ At-Large: Darcy Antonellis ” - dan_dassow
John Lowry
Camera and Electrical Department, Goodfellas
“ At-Large: John Lowry ” - dan_dassow
Laura Rosenthal
Casting Director, Chicago
“ Casting Directors: Laura Rosenthal – “The Messenger,” “I’m Not There” ” - dan_dassow
Barry Ackroyd
Cinematographer, The Hurt Locker
“ Cinematographers: Barry Ackroyd – “The Hurt Locker,” “United 93” ” - dan_dassow
Christian Berger
Cinematographer, The White Ribbon
1973 founded own production company TTV Film. Extensive work as a documentary film-maker. 1977 building of experimental video studio. Work with and technical support for various young film-makers working under TTV Film. 1980/81 increasing work in TV plays, screen adaptations with various authors, director of photography for feature films and work as director...
“ Cinematographers: Christian Berger – “The White Ribbon,” “Cache” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Hagen Bogdanski – “The Young Victoria,” “The Lives of Others” ” - dan_dassow
Shane Hurlbut
Cinematographer, Terminator Salvation
Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C., is a world-renowned cinematographer who shoots multimillion dollar blockbuster films. Shane brings a level of unparalleled passion and excitement to everything he does. He is an innovative cinematic pioneer that deploys new techniques on every project to challenge him and enhance the quality of his work...
“ Cinematographers: Shane Hurlbut – “Terminator Salvation,” “We Are Marshall” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Tom Hurwitz – “Valentino The Last Emperor,” “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Dan Mindel – “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Tobias Schliessler – “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Hancock” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Stephen Windon – “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “House of Wax” ” - dan_dassow
“ Cinematographers: Robert Yeoman – “Get Him to the Greek,” “The Squid and the Whale” ” - dan_dassow
Catherine Leterrier
Costume Designer, Amour
Academy award nominated costume designer Catherine Leterrier has a distinguished body of work that includes works with directors such as Michael Haneke, Ridley Scott, Robert Altman, Andrzej Zulawski, Alain Resnais, Luc Besson, Jonathan Demme, Jean-Paul Rappeneau and even with her husband François Leterrier...
“ Costume Designers: Catherine Leterrier – “Coco before Chanel,” “Avenue Montaigne” ” - dan_dassow
Janet Patterson
Costume Designer, The Piano
Born in Sydney, Australia, she is a costume and production designer. She is a specialist in period costume from the 19th century. All four of her Oscar nominated films are of that era. A noted recluse who rarely does interviews or attends awards ceremony's, between jobs she returns to a quite home life with her family.
“ Costume Designers: Janet Patterson – “Bright Star,” “The Piano” ” - dan_dassow
Jacques Audiard
Writer, A Prophet
Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard's family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne but didn't finish his degree...
“ Directors: Jacques Audiard – “A Prophet,” “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Juan Jose Campanella – “The Secret in Their Eyes,” "Son of the Bride" ” - dan_dassow
Lee Daniels
Writer, Empire
Lee Daniels gave his parents an early Christmas present when he entered the world on December 24, 1959; unfortunately, the Philadelphia native was to have a difficult relationship with his police officer father who later reacted violently to his son's sexuality. Despite the brutality of his childhood...
“ Directors: Lee Daniels – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Shadowboxer” ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Claudia Llosa – “The Milk of Sorrow,” “Madeinusa” ” - dan_dassow
Lone Scherfig
Director, An Education
Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), received the Grand Prix in Montreal and the Cinekid Prize in Amsterdam...
“ Directors: Lone Scherfig – “An Education,” “Italian for Beginners” ” - dan_dassow
“ Directors: Adam Shankman – “Bedtime Stories,” “Hairspray” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Nancy Baker – “Rehearsing a Dream,” “Born into Brothels” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Rick Goldsmith – “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” “Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Davis Guggenheim – “It Might Get Loud,” “An Inconvenient Truth” ” - dan_dassow
Tia Lessin
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tia Lessin is the director and producer, with Carl Deal, of Citizen Koch and Trouble the Water--winner of the 2008 Gotham Independent Film Award and the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize. She was a co-producer of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, winner of the Palme d'Or, Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, and Capitalism: A Love Story...
“ Documentary: Tia Lessin – “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Trouble the Water” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Cara Mertes – “The Betrayal,” “My Country, My Country” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Frazer Pennebaker – “Al Franken: God Spoke,” “The War Room” ” - dan_dassow
Julia Reichert
Julia Reichert has been called a godmother of the American independent film movement and is a three time Oscar nominee. Her film GROWING UP FEMALE was the first feature documentary of the modern Women's Movement. It was recently chosen for inclusion on the National Film Registry. Her films UNION MAIDS...
“ Documentary: Julia Reichert – “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” “Seeing Red” ” - dan_dassow
“ Documentary: Morgan Spurlock – “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?,” “Super Size Me” ” - dan_dassow
Christopher Aronson
Camera and Electrical Department, New Year's End
“ Executives: Christopher W. Aronson ” - dan_dassow
James Berk
Miscellaneous Crew, A Place at the Table
“ Executives: Jim Berk ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Philippe Dauman ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Sheila DeLoach ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: Donald Peter Granger ” - dan_dassow
Nathan Kahane
Producer, Juno
“ Executives: Nathan Kahane ” - dan_dassow
Andrew Karpen
Producer, Denial
“ Executives: Andrew Karpen ” - dan_dassow
Ryan Kavanaugh
Producer, Zombieland
Ryan Kavanaugh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Relativity, a next-generation studio. The company is engaged in multiple aspects of entertainment, including film and television financing, production and distribution; music publishing; sports management and digital media. Kavanaugh is a highly successful producer and global expert in film finance...
“ Executives: Ryan Kavanaugh ” - dan_dassow
David Kosse
Producer, Room
“ Executives: David Kosse ” - dan_dassow
“ Executives: David Andrew Spitz ” - dan_dassow
Emma Watts
Miscellaneous Crew, I, Robot
“ Executives: Emma Watts ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Robert Frazen – “Synecdoche, New York,” “Smart People” ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Dana E. Glauberman – “Up in the Air,” “Thank You for Smoking” ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: Joe Klotz – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Grace Is Gone” ” - dan_dassow
Bob Murawski
Editor, Spider-Man
Bob Murawski was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the northeast "Thumb" area of the state. Murawski was the valedictorian at his high school in Bad Axe, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a major in Telecommunications. Soon after graduating, Murawski interned with Detroit-based film sub-distributor, Bob Mason of Mason Releasing.
“ Film Editors: Bob Murawski – “The Hurt Locker,” “Spider-Man” ” - dan_dassow
“ Film Editors: John Refoua – “Avatar,” “Reno 911!: Miami” ” - dan_dassow
“ Live Action Short Films: Joachim Back – “The New Tenants” ” - dan_dassow
Gregg Helvey
Writer, Kavi
Oscar Nominee and Student Academy Award Winner, Gregg Helvey, has traveled the world to film in countries such as Rwanda, El Salvador, China and Kenya on projects ranging from National Geographic and BBC1 documentaries to independent fictional films. As a filmmaker, Helvey seeks to combine his passion for social justice with powerful storytelling...
“ Live Action Short Films: Gregg Helvey – “Kavi,” “The Knife Grinder’s Tale” ” - dan_dassow
Kris Evans
Makeup Department, Con Air
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Kris Evans – “X-Men The Last Stand," “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” ” - dan_dassow
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Jane Galli – “Knight and Day,” “3:10 to Yuma” ” - dan_dassow
Mindy Hall
Makeup Department, The Wolf of Wall Street
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Mindy Hall – “Star Trek,” “World Trade Center” ” - dan_dassow
Joel Harlow
Academy Award-winner JOEL HARLOW is one of the most innovative makeup and special makeup artists and designers in American motion pictures. He has proven himself to be one of a very few number of artists who is able to span the world of makeup effects design and creation to the world of on set makeup application...
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Joel Harlow – “Star Trek,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” ” - dan_dassow
Jenny Shircore
Makeup Department, Notting Hill
“ Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Jenny Shircore – “The Young Victoria,” “Elizabeth” ” - dan_dassow
“ Music: Christophe Beck – “The Hangover,” “Bring It On” ” - dan_dassow
Soundtrack, Moulin Rouge!
Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960, to Iris (Rankin) and Brendan Robert Hewson. He has been the lead singer of the rock band U2 since 1976. U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards to date, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Lauded by fans and critics as an outstanding performer and songwriter...
“ Music: Bono – “Gangs of New York,” “In the Name of the Father” ” - dan_dassow
T Bone Burnett
Music Department, The Hunger Games
“ Music: T Bone Burnett – “Crazy Heart,” “Cold Mountain” ” - dan_dassow
The Edge
Soundtrack, Gangs of New York
The Edge was born David Howell Evans, in Barking, Essex in 1961. When he was 2 the family moved to Dublin. During his childhood he learnt how to play the guitar and the piano. In 1978 the Edge became the guitarist and keyboardist of U2. The Edge is still in the group, who have conquered the world for nearly 30 years.
“ Music: The Edge – “Gangs of New York,” "GoldenEye" ” - dan_dassow
“ Music: Brian Tyler – “Fast & Furious,” “Aliens vs. Predator Requiem” ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Stephanie Allain – “Black Snake Moan,” “Hustle & Flow” ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Gregory Jacobs – “The Informant!,” “The Good German” ” - dan_dassow
Jon Landau
Producer, Titanic
“ Producers: Jon Landau – “Avatar,” “Titanic” ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Marc Turtletaub – “Away We Go,” “Little Miss Sunshine” ” - dan_dassow
“ Producers: Glenn Williamson – “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Hollywoodland” ” - dan_dassow
“ Production Designers: Kirk M. Pertruccelli – “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Patriot” ” - dan_dassow
“ Production Designers: Edward S. Verreaux – “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Jurassic Park III” ” - dan_dassow
“ Public Relations: Suzanne M. Cole ” - dan_dassow
“ Public Relations: Tommy Gargotta ” - dan_dassow
Sophie Gluck
Miscellaneous Crew, Feng yue
“ Public Relations: Sophie Gluck ” - dan_dassow
Josh Greenstein
Miscellaneous Crew, Wonder Boys
“ Public Relations: Josh Greenstein ” - dan_dassow
“ Public Relations: Pamela Levine ” - dan_dassow
Michele Robertson
Miscellaneous Crew, Pan's Labyrinth
“ Public Relations: Michele Robertson ” - dan_dassow
“ Public Relations: Tony Sella ” - dan_dassow