86th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its 2014 invitees to join the Academy, and the list has plenty of familiar faces.

Of the 271 invitees, 20 are actors, 11 are directors, 19 are writers, and 12 are composers. Many were nominees or winners of Oscars this year.

"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 in a statement. "Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy."

Some of the actors who will join the fold this year include: Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"); Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Enough Said"); Best Supporting Actor nominees Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave") and Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips"); Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games"); Clark Gregg ("The Avengers"); Best Supporting Actress nominee June Squibb ("Nebraska"); and Jason Statham.

Other invitees of note:
  • Writer John Ridley, whose script for "12 Years a Slave" won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at February's Academy Awards.
  • "Frozen" composers Robert Lopez (an EGOT winner) and his wife and co-writer, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who snagged this year's Best Original Song statuette for "Let It Go."
  • Pharrell Williams, who wrote earworm and Best Song nominee "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder ("Into the Wild").
  • Directors Jay and Mark Duplass ("Jeff, Who Lives at Home" and "Cyrus"), who television audiences may recognize from their guest-starring roles as midwives the Deslaurier brothers on Fox's "The Mindy Project."
  • Casting director Allison Jones, who's responsible for assembling some of your favorite television and film casts over the years, including "Freaks and Geeks," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "The Office" (US), "Arrested Development," "Parks and Recreation," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Borat," "Knocked Up," and "The Heat." (Seriously, we could go on. What a track record.)

A full list of invitees is available from the Academy's website. The site notes that "Academy members may sponsor one candidate for membership within their branch" each year, with applications due in mid-March.

New members will be officially welcomed and inducted into the Academy during a private ceremony in September.

[via: Oscars.org, h/t Indiewire]

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