Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Invites 13 Animators To Join Its Ranks

Beverly Hills, CA (June 17, 2011) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 211 new members in 2011, but as in other recent years, several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

In an unprecedented gesture, the list of new members includes documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April. Hetherington had been a 2010 nominee for his film “Restrepo,” but died prior to the Academy’s spring meetings to select new members. The Documentary Branch proposed that Hetherington’s name be included among the year’s invitees. The governors agreed.

[Editor’s Note: This list is culled just to the Animators invited. For the full list, visit the Academy’s website.]

Geefwee Boedoe — Let’s Pollute, Monsters Inc.
Alessandro Carloni — How To Train Your Dragon, Over The Hedge
Sylvain Chomet — The Illusionist, The Triplets of Belleville
Jakob Hjort Jensen — How To Train Your Dragon, Flushed Away
Biljana Labovic — The Cow Who Wanted To Be a Hamburger, Idiots and Angels
Tomm Moore — The Secret of Kells, Backwards Boy
Teddy Newton — Day & Night, Ratatouille
Bob Peterson —  Up, Finding Nemo (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Javier Recio Gracia — The Lady and the Reaper, The Missing Lynx
Andrew Ruhemann — The Lost Thing, City Paradise
Kristof Serrand — How To Train Your Dragon, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Shaun Tan — The Lost Thing, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
Simon Wells — Mars Needs Moms, The Prince of Egypt

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