On Monday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially announced a record-breaking number of new members. This recent move is part of the organization’s 2016 plans to double the number of non-white and female members. In total, 928 invitees were announced, and some names surprised a lot of people. Some were surprising because most thought that they were already members, while others were surprising because they seemed unlikely to be invited. One of the clearest examples is filmmaker Michel Gondry, an Academy Award-winner for co-writing 2004’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He was among the people who were invited this year.
Another important example is Jonathan Nolan who, along with his brother Christopher Nolan, earned an Oscar nomination for 2000’s Memento. The Academy somehow ignored him, even if he earned praise for the incredible scripts he wrote for The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. But then there are the names that not many people thought would get an invite. Acclaimed British writer and Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling got one, even if she only produced one screenplay. That was 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
New Academy members finally announced
However, even if somehow surprising, most of these invites were waiting to be happening. But the one involving rapper Kendrick Lamar seemed a bit out of the blue. There is no question that he has won almost every major music award out there, including a Pulitzer Prize for his last album called DAMN. But apart from the critically-acclaimed Black Panther soundtrack, his Hollywood resume is quite thin.
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke also got an invite, even if her work in movies has not really been the most outstanding. Among other names that were invited are Jada Pinkett Smith, Miles Teller, Amy Schumer, and Lena Headey.
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