When Oscar winners thank "the members of the Academy," who, exactly, do they mean? Who actually belongs to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that august body that votes on the Oscars? Well, the membership rolls include past winners George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Jack Nicholson ... and Dakota Fanning.
Yep, believe it or not, the never-nominated Fanning received an invite at age 12, proving you don't need to be nominated -- or old enough to vote in an actual election -- to be a voting member of the Academy. While the group has never made its entire roster public, it has, in recent years, begun announcing new members, such as 2009 inductees Viola Davis,Casey Affleck and Anne Hathaway.