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Monday, May 18, 2015

Welcome! Here’s What’s New!

We’re in full celebration mode on this blog as we just leaped over a major milestone in our research: Over 5,000 Oscar voters identified!

I am exceedingly proud of the work that my fellow researchers and I have done this year on The Academy Members Project - our ongoing attempt to identify and celebrate as many Oscar voters as possible. We have identified 5,089 current members (Over 73% of the full AMPAS membership!), as well as over 4,500 historical members.

I have also expanded our list of famous NON-Oscar voters. The people who are still waiting to be join the club are now organized under four pages, headlined by Adele Adkins, Chris Hemsworth, David Oyelowo and Betty White. Maybe some of them will get an invitation in June?

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Academy Members Project Has Now Identified Over 5,000 Oscar Voters!

Big news today as The Academy Members Project leaps over another major milestone.

We have now identified the names of over 5,000 Oscar voters!

From the very beginning, our goal has been to identify and celebrate the artists who make up this prestigious club. We get a rush of excitement every time we find a new name, but we have to admit that surpassing big round numbers like 5,000 brings a special thrill.

In addition to the 5,000 current members, we have found a significant number of historical members, and even begun to identify some famous people who have not been admitted to the academy (yet!).

I want to thank everyone who has helped with the research, or even just smiled supportively over the years. Reading through archival materials and hunting down news articles can be lonely work, but your encouragement helps immensely. There are still lots of names left to find, but the days when people can claim that they have “no idea” who makes up the academy are dwindling fast.

You can check out all the names using the index below, or learn how you can join the search to help us get to 6,000!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

If You’re Going To The TCM Film Festival, The Academy Members Project Could Use Your Help!

The Turner Classic Movies Film Festival is happening this weekend, and I’ve always understood it to be one of those magical places where the stars take questions and mingle with the fans. As such, it is a perfect chance for you to help us build The Academy Members Project - the largest public list of Oscar voters you’ll find on the internet.

I went through the festival’s list of announced Special Guests for this year, and many are already confirmed Oscar voters. But several others aren’t, so if you’re attending the festival and happen to be in the same room with these folks, we’d love it if you got a chance to ask them if they’re part of the Academy!

Note that it is usually considered un-cool to ask who they voted for on their secret Oscar ballots, but more general questions like whether they are a member, for how long, in what branch of the academy, if they know who sponsored them for membership, and what they think of the process in general are all fair game!

Top filmmakers who aren’t confirmed on our list yet and who we’d love you to ask:
  • Robert Osborne
  • Ben Mankiewicz
  • Ann-Margret
  • Cari Beauchamp
  • William Daniels
  • Carl Davis
  • Christine Ebersole
  • Ronald J. Fields - ask about his grandfather!
  • Allen Fields - ask about his grandfather!
  • Zach Galligan
  • Bruce Goldstein
  • Ken Howard
  • Peter H. Hunt
  • William Joyce
  • George Lazenby
  • Terry Leonard
  • Nelie Adams McQueen - ask about her & her husband!
  • Robert Morse
  • Millie Perkins
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Edoardo Ponti
  • Andrew Prine
  • Greg Proops
  • Katherine Quinn
  • Bruce Raynor
  • Alex Trebek
  • Edgar Wright
  • Brane Zivkovic

Scholars & Authors In Attendance - They’re less likely to be members, but there’s no harm in popping the question!
  • Jeremy Arnold
  • Jeanine Basinger
  • Dick Brookz
  • Dorothy Dietrich
  • Scott Eyman
  • Rory Flynn
  • Joseph Gomez
  • Darlene C. Hoffman
  • Lynne Kirste
  • James Layton
  • Leonard Maltin
  • Tara McNamara
  • Ann Morra
  • Eddie Muller
  • David Pierce
  • Aron Ralston
  • Rick Schmidlin

If you do manage to get a moment with any of these great individuals, be sure to let us know. You can write up a blog story about it and send us a link, you can tweet us at @NeverTooEarlyMP, or email us at nevertooearlymoviepredictions@gmail.com, or simply leave a comment below letting us know what you found!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

When Your Friends Ask Who Votes For The Oscars, Send Them To Us!

Today’s the big day, when even the most casual moviegoer begins to wonder who makes up “The Academy.” As a film lover, they look to you to have the answer. And you should look to us!

Lots of sites can give you statistics and anonymous interviews, but we’ve got the largest public list of Oscar voters you’ll find on the internet right here at The Academy Members Project! We’ve now discovered the names of 4,850 current academy members (about 70% of the full membership) and over 4400 historical (deceased) members. We’ve even got a page where you can see some of the famous people who are NOT members of the academy.

Think of how impressed your friends will be that you know about this resource. They could even peruse our pages while they’re watching the red carpet or waiting for the commercials to run. We do the research year-round, so that you can be the hit of your Oscar party tonight!

Friday, February 20, 2015

87th Oscar Final Predictions For All Categories! (2014-2015 Awards Season) (2/20/2015)

No long explanations, and none of that “will win/might win/should win” business to hedge my bets. Either I’ll be right on Sunday or I won’t, simple as that!

Best Picture: Boyhood
Director: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Lead Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Lead Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory Of Everything
Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
Original Screenplay: Birdman
Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game
Cinematography: Birdman
Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Film Editing: Boyhood
Makeup And Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Visual Effects: Interstellar
Song: “Glory” from Selma
Score: The Theory Of Everything
Sound Editing: American Sniper
Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Animated Feature: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Documentary Feature: CitizenFour
Foreign Language: Ida
Animated Short: Feast
Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Live Action Short: Boogaloo And Graham

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

87th Oscar Predictions For All Categories! (1/13/2015)

My final predictions for nomination morning!

Best Picture
  1. Boyhood (Predicted Winner)
  2. Birdman
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. The Theory Of Everything
  6. Selma
  7. Nightcrawler
  8. American Sniper
  9. Whiplash

Best Director
  1. Richard Linklater for Boyhood (Predicted Winner)
  2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman
  3. Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Ava DuVernay for Selma
  5. Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

Best Actor
  1. Michael Keaton in Birdman (Predicted Winner)
  2. Eddie Redmayne in The Theory Of Everything
  3. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
  4. Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
  5. David Oyelowo in Selma

Best Actress
  1. Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Predicted Winner)
  2. Reese Witherspoon in Wild
  3. Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
  4. Felicity Jones in The Theory Of Everything
  5. Amy Adams in Big Eyes

Supporting Actor
  1. J.K. Simmons in Whiplash (Predicted Winner)
  2. Edward Norton in Birdman
  3. Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
  4. Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
  5. Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

Supporting Actress
  1. Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (Predicted Winner)
  2. Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
  3. Emma Stone in Birdman
  4. Meryl Streep in Into The Woods
  5. Rene Russo in Nightcrawler

Original Screenplay
  1. Birdman (Predicted Winner)
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Boyhood
  4. Nightcrawler
  5. Foxcatcher

Adapted Screenplay
  1. The Imitation Game (Predicted Winner)
  2. The Theory Of Everything
  3. Gone Girl
  4. Whiplash
  5. American Sniper

Production Design
  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Predicted Winner)
  2. Into The Woods
  3. The Imitation Game
  4. Interstellar
  5. Mr. Turner

Costume Design
  1. Into The Woods (Predicted Winner)
  2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Mr. Turner
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. Maleficent

Makeup And Hairstyling
  1. Foxcatcher (Predicted Winner)
  2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  3. The Theory Of Everything

  1. Birdman (Predicted Winner)
  2. Mr. Turner
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  4. Unbroken
  5. Interstellar

Film Editing
  1. Birdman (Predicted Winner)
  2. Whiplash
  3. Boyhood
  4. The Imitation Game
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Visual Effects
  1. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (Predicted Winner)
  2. Interstellar
  3. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
  4. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  5. X-Men: Days Of Future Past

  1. “Glory” from Selma (Predicted Winner)
  2. “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
  3. “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
  4. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
  5. “Big Eyes” from Big Eyes

  1. The Theory Of Everything (Predicted Winner)
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Interstellar
  4. Gone Girl
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Sound Editing
  1. American Sniper (Predicted Winner)
  2. Interstellar
  3. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  4. Unbroken
  5. Birdman

Sound Mixing
  1. American Sniper (Predicted Winner)
  2. Birdman
  3. Whiplash
  4. Into The Woods
  5. Interstellar

Animated Feature
  1. How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Predicted Winner)
  2. The LEGO Movie
  3. Big Hero 6
  4. The Boxtrolls
  5. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

Documentary Feature
  1. CitizenFour (Predicted Winner)
  2. Life Itself
  3. The Overnighters
  4. Virunga
  5. Last Days In Vietnam

Foreign Language Film
  1. Ida (Predicted Winner)
  2. Leviathan
  3. Wild Tales
  4. Tumbuktu
  5. Force Majeure

Animated Shorts
  1. Feast (Predicted Winner)
  2. Duet
  3. Coda
  4. The Numberlys
  5. The Bigger Picture

Documentary Shorts
  1. Kehinde Wiley: An Economy Of Grace (Predicted Winner)
  2. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  3. The Lion’s Mouth Opens
  4. One Child
  5. White Earth

Live Action Shorts
  1. Carry On (Predicted Winner)
  2. Butter Lamp
  3. The Phone Call
  4. Boogaloo And Graham
  5. My Father’s Truck