Director Felix van Groeningen is one of 271 film professionals officially invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September, after which they will be able to vote for the Oscars. Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for the Foreign Language Film Oscar earlier this year.
The Academy invites artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. ‘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.’
Among this year’s invitees are Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Paolo Sorrentino, Thomas Vinterberg, Pharrell Williams, Bruno Van Zeebroeck (for visual effects in Public Enemies and Lone Survivor), Franco-Belgian writer Chantal Akerman and Didier Brunner (The Triplets of Belleville). It is relatively unusual for a first-time nominee to be invited to join the Academy, although two years ago Michaël R. Roskam was similarly honoured after his feature debut Bullhead was shortlisted for a Foreign Language Oscar.
The 271 invitees will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.