The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has extended membership invitations to 683 distinguished filmmakers, artists and executives “who represent the best in our global film community, and who have made a lasting impact on movie fans everywhere,” according to president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
Spurred by calls for greater diversity, AMPAS’ Class of 2016 is 46% female (bringing the overall total to 27% of members, a 2% increase) and 41% people of color (for 11% overall, up 3%). New international members total 283, representing 59 different countries.
Representing the animation and VFX communities in the Directors and Producers branches are Ari Folman (The Congress, Waltz with Bashir), Marjane Satrapi (The Voices, Persepolis) and masters of sci-fi spectacle Lana & Lilly Wachowski; and Roy Lee (The LEGO Movie). Congratulations to these accomplished filmmakers, and to all the new members of the Animation and VFX branches:
Short Films and Feature Animation:
Alê Abreu (Boy and the World, Cosmic Boy), Line K. Andersen (The Croods, Monsters vs. Aliens), Bruce Anderson (Rio 2, Rio), Graham Annable (The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman), Guillaume Aretos (Puss in Boots, Shrek the Third), Sanjay Bakshi (The Good Dinosaur, Monsters University), Maxwell Boas (Kung Fu Panda 3, Rise of the Guardians), Lydia Bottegoni (Hotel Transylvania, Surf’s Up), Rebecca Wilson Bresee (Zootopia, Frozen), Mark Burton (Shaun the Sheep Movie, Gnomeo & Juliet), Chris Butler (ParaNorman, Coraline), Clément Calvet (Cafard, Song of the Sea), Tom Cardone (Rio 2, Horton Hears A Who!), Galen Tan Chu (Epic, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Pam Coats (Gnomeo & Juliet, Mulan), Melissa Beth Cobb (Kung Fu Panda 3, Kung Fu Panda 2), Deborah Cook (The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman), Renato Dos Anjos (Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt), Jeff Draheim (Frozen, The Princess and the Frog), Karen Dufilho (Duet, For the Birds), Pato Escala WINNER (Bear Story), Katie Fico (Zootopia, Feast), Michael Fong (Inside Out, Toy Story 3), Lori Forte (Epic, Ice Age: Continental Drift), Jonathan Gibbs (Turbo, The Croods), Steven Goldberg (Frozen, Tangled), Judith Gruber-Stitzer (Wild Life, When the Day Breaks), Jorge R. Gutierrez (The Book of Life, Carmelo), Jane Hartwell (The Croods, Madagascar), Georgina Hayns (The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman), Janet Healy (Minions, Despicable Me 2), Tang K. Heng (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda ), Raman Hui (Monster Hunt, Shrek the Third), Claire Jennings (Coraline, Father and Daughter), Yong Duk Jhun (The Croods, Shrek Forever After), Scott Kersavage (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph), Michael Knapp (Epic, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Robert Kondo (The Dam Keeper, La Luna), Shawn Krause (Inside Out, Cars 2), Max Lang (Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo), Nicolas Marlet (Kung Fu Panda 3, How to Train Your Dragon 2), Steve Martino (The Peanuts Movie, Ice Age: Continental Drift), Dale Mayeda (Planes: Fire & Rescue, Frozen), Brian McLean (The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman), Mike Mitchell (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Shrek Forever After), Joe Moshier (Penguins of Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon 2), James Ford Murphy (Lava, Cars), Kiel Murray (Up, Cars), Yoshiaki Nishimura (When Marnie Was There, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), Kyle Odermatt (Big Hero 6, PaperMan), Gabriel Osorio WINNER (Bear Story, Residuos), Sanjay Patel (Sanjay’s Super Team, Tokyo Mater), Martin Pope (Room on the Broom, Chico & Rita), Tina Price (Dinosaur, Fantasia 2000), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians, Monsters vs. Aliens), Denise Ream (The Good Dinosaur, Cars 2), Julie Roy (Carface, Kali the Little Vampire), William Salazar (Kung Fu Panda 3, Monsters vs. Aliens), Scott Santoro (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Flushed Away), Katherine Sarafian (Brave, Lifted), Kent Seki (Rocky and Bullwinkle, Megamind), Osnat Shurer (One Man Band, Boundin’), Mireille Soria (Home, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), Richard Starzak (Shaun the Sheep Movie, A Matter of Loaf and Death), Michael D. Surrey (The Princess and the Frog, The Lion King), Galyn Susman (Ratatouille, Toy Story 2), Imogen Sutton (Prologue, The Thief and the Cobbler), Dice Tsutsumi (The Dam Keeper, Monsters University), Nora Twomey (Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells), Pablo Valle (How to Train Your Dragon 2, Turbo), Michael Venturini (The Good Dinosaur, Toy Story 3), Pierre-Olivier Vincent (How to Train Your Dragon 2, How to Train Your Dragon), Dan Wagner (Kung Fu Panda 3, Kung Fu Panda 2), Koji Yamamura (Muybridge’s Strings, Mt. Head), Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There, The Secret World of Arrietty), Raymond Zibach (Kung Fu Panda 3, Sinbad: Legends of the Seven Seas)
Visual Effects: Kevin Baillie (The Walk, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Sara Bennett WINNER (Ex Machina, Hercules), Theo Bialek (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Smurfs 2), Richard Bluff (The Big Short, Unbroken), Steve Cremin (Hail, Caesar!, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pts. 1 & 2), Lindy Wilson De Quattro (Pacific Rim, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Adrian de Wet (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pts. 1 & 2, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Matt Dessero (Jupiter Ascending, Divergent), Deak Ferrand (By the Sea, Lucy), Ronald Frankel (Gods of Egypt, Riddick), John Gibson (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Snow White and the Huntsman), Martin Hill (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2, Furious Seven), Bruce L. Holcomb (Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Andrew Jackson (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies), Matthew Jacobs (Gods of Egypt, Deliver Us from Evil), Anders Langlands (The Martian, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Seth Maury (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Maleficent), Rich McBride (The Revenant, Gravity), Kelvin McIlwain (Furious Seven, Snow White and the Huntsman), Paul Norris WINNER (Ex Machina, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Dan Oliver (Gods of Egypt, Mad Max: Fury Road), Edward M. Pasquarello (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Tomorrowland), Betsy Paterson (The Hunger Games, The Incredible Hulk), Matthew Shumway (The Revenant, Life of Pi), Jason Smith (The Revenant, Super 8), Kevin Andrew Smith (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Krampus), Simone Kraus Townsend (Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Stefano Trivelli (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pan), Adam Valdez (Maleficent, World War Z), David Vickery (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Fast & Furious 6), Steven Warner (The Brothers Grimsby, The Martian), Andrew Whitehurst WINNER (Ex Machina, Paddington), Andy Williams (Mad Max: Fury Road, Fury), Tom Wood (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Last Witch Hunter).