NASCAR: The IMAX Experience (2004)
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”
Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”
Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame”
Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”
Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men”
Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”
Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy.
Former Nascar exec Sarah Nettinga is switching leagues to manage the office as senior vp media and entertainment for IndyCar Entertainment. Nettinga managed production for the stock-car league for the films Nascar: The Imax Experience (2004) for Warner Bros.; Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) for Disney; and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) for Sony (on which she received an executive producer credit). For television, she was responsible for such series as Nascar Driver: 360 for FX. IndyCar drivers come from around the world. The stars include American heartthrob Danica Patrick, Scotland’s Dario Franchetti (the husband of actress Ashley Judd), England’s Scott Dixon and Brazilian Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 champ. IndyCar execs say this diverse driver
Under the agreement, Warner Bros. movies that will be released in IMAX are: Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (September 24, 2010); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (3D) (November
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