This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 842 people from 59 countries to join its membership.
The strong cohort of international film names includes two producers of Cold War, the directors of Dogman, Stan & Ollie, and I Am Not A Witch, and various executives from different facets of the industry.
International executives invited include Eric Lagesse of French sales and distribution outfit Pyramide Films, London-based Netflix development and acquisitions executive Funa Maduka, Michele Halberstadt of French distribution and sales outfit ARP Selection, Lebanese producer and distributor Georges Schoucair of Abbout Productions, Winnie Tsang, managing director of Hong Kong-based outfit Golden Scene, Sidonie Dumas, chairman of French outfit Gaumont, and Robert Walak, the London-based president of Focus Features.
International filmmakers invited to the Academy include the UK’s Jon S. Baird (Stan & Ollie) and Carol Morley (Out Of Blue), France’s Eva Husson (Girls Of The Sun), Mélanie Laurent (Galveston), Matteo Garrone (Italy, Dogman), Australia’s Jennifer Kent (The Nightingale) and Ivan Sen (Goldstone), and Bosnia’s Jasmila Žbanić (One Day In Sarajevo).
Further international filmmakers have also been invited to join the Academy as writers, including Andrew Haigh (UK, Weekend), Rungano Nyoni (Zambia-UK, I Am Not A Witch), Ritesh Batra (India, Photograph), Maïwenn (France, My King), and Wang Quan’an (China, White Deer Plain).
Writers invited include John Ajvide Lindqvist (Sweden, Border), Lucinda Coxon (UK, The Little Stranger), Jane Goldman (UK, Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Juliette Towhidi (UK, Testament Of Youth), and Jean-Pierre Bacri (France, Place Publique).
On the producing side, international names invited include Luiz Carlos Barreto (Brazil, João, o Maestro), Francesca Cima (Italy, Youth), Gail Egan (UK, Final Portrait), Santiago Gallelli (Argentina, Zama), Debra Hayward (UK, Mary Queen Of Scots), Mohamed Hefzy (Egypt, Sheikh Jackson), Georgina Lowe (UK, Peterloo), Ewa Puszczyńska (Poland, Cold War), and Tanya Seghatchian (UK, Cold War).
International crew invited include casting director Lene Seested (After The Wedding) and cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite).
International marketing and public relations executives invited include Lorna Mann, Lionsgate’s London-based senior vice president, publicity, as well as Liz Miller and Jonathan Rutter of London-based outfit Premier PR.
From the UK and Ireland, actors invited include Jamie Bell (Rocketman), Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians), Claire Foy (The Crown), David Harewood (Homeland), Tom Holland (Spider-man: Homecoming), Tom Hollander (Bohemian Rhapsody), Lennie James (Save Me), Gemma Jones (Gentleman Jack), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Helen McCrory (Their Finest), Natascha McElhone (Solaris), Elisabeth Moss (Us), Peter Mullan (Trainspotting), Jack O’Connell (Starred Up), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Andrea Riseborough (Battle Of The Sexes), and Olivia Williams (An Education).
Further international actors include Claes Bang (Denmark, The Square), Bruno Bichir (Mexico, Narcos), Marina de Tavira (Mexico, ROMA), Nina Hoss (Germany, A Most Wanted Me), Toni Servillo (Italy, The Great Beauty), Alexander Skarsgård (Sweden, The Legend Of Tarzan), Jean-Louis Trintignant (France, Amour), and Yousra (Egypt, The Storm).