I don't know what is worse, that Steve James (Hoop Dreams) hasn't already been a member of the Academy all this time, or that Simon West (Con Air) is now allowed to take part in the Oscar voting process. Both directors are part of the list of 115 individuals who have just been invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Unlike last year's list, which seemed to be gearing for younger influences (like Dakota Fanning), this year's is pretty normal, and consists of a lot of people nominated for awards back in February. These include actor Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), supporting actress Adriana Barraza (Babel), supporting actress Jennifer Hudson (winner, Dreamgirls), suporting actor Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children), supporting actor Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls), director Paul Greengrass (United 93), foreign film writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (winner, The Lives of Others), screenwriter William Monahan (winner, The Departed), screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), foreign film producer Agustín Almodóvar (Volver), composer Javier Navarrete (Pan's Labyrinth), composer Gustavo Santaolalla (winner, Babel and Brokeback Mountain), composer Alexandre Desplat (The Queen), animator Torill Kove (winner, The Danish Poet), production designer Eugenio Cabellero (winner, Pan's Labyrinth) and documentary filmmaker James Longley (Iraq in Fragments).

A lot of non-nominees were invited, too. Some of those included are Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Daniel Craig, Aaron Eckhart, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Huston, Christopher Plummer (you'd think he was already in there, too), producers Jonathan Glickman (The Pacifier) and Jane Rosenthal (The Good Shepherd), directors Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) and D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), composer Carter Burwell (Kinsey), animation cinematographer Sharon Calahan (Finding Nemo), documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen (nominated in 2000 for On the Ropes) and, as mentioned, Steve James (nominated in 1995 for editing Hoop Dreams) and Simon West (shockingly no Oscar noms nor any Razzie noms). This is only the fourth year the Academy has made the list public, and you can see all of those invited here. All of the new members will be officially welcomed at a ceremony this September.