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Pictured: While the Twilight films may be hits at the box office, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are not members of the Academy.

There are over 7 billion people in the world. About 6,608 of them are Academy members. Everyone else is listed here. A few notable non-members in the movie industry are listed below.

This page uses a similar three-tiered system as is used on the members page. Names in bold font have the strongest documentation, names in standard font represent those whose major credits have come after 2004 (the year the Academy started publicizing invitation lists), and names in italics represent those who are believed to be non-members for some other reason. Members who have passed away are shown using the same system, but in GOLD, and those whose biography is still being researched are in PINK.

Too Cool For School

There are always some individuals who think that they are too cool for school, and don’t want to be part of any club that would accept them as a member. The following individuals have been invited to join the Academy (some of them multiple times), but have declined membership for various reasons. While media stories love to play this up by juxtaposing these names with lesser known people who have accepted entrance, it is inaccurate to act as if the Academy has “snubbed” them. Rather, there is simply no way to force someone to join who doesn’t want to.

  1. Woody Allen - Annie Hall, Hannah And Her Sisters, Midnight In Paris (Oscar Winner). Allen has received numerous invitations to join, but spokespeople claim that he doesn’t believe that it is possible to judge art (NPR 2/24/12), and “doesn’t want to be dependent on that kind of outside approval” (LA TImes 2/19/12). Although he has been nominated for many Oscars, he has only attended the awards ceremony once, to pay tribute to New York City in 2002. The LA Times reported the following anecdote from an anonymous Academy veteran: After numerous invitations to join went unanswered by Allen, “then-academy President Karl Malden mailed Allen a letter promising that if the director made a sizable donation to the academy's fundraising effort for its library, the group would leave him alone. He replied within a week with a check.” (The Guardian 2/24/11) (LA TImes 2/19/12)
  2. Jean-Claude Carriere - The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie, Happy Anniversary, Cyrano De Bergerac, That Obscure Object Of Desire, Chinese Box, La Pince A Ongles (Oscar Winner). The screenwriter has been invited to join the writers branch several times, and there is no indication that his most recent invitation would have been accepted when the others weren’t. (June 2006 Academy Invitation List) (June 2008 Academy Invitation List) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List)
  3. Sylvain Chomet - The Illusionist, The Triplets of Belleville, The Old Lady And The Pigeons, Paris Je T’aime (Oscar Nominee). The animator has been invited to join the Academy at least twice, and there is no indication that his most recent invitation would have been accepted when the others weren’t. (June 2004 Academy Invitation List) (June 17, 2011 Academy Invitation List)
  4. Paul Hogan - Crocodile Dundee (Actors Branch Or Writers Branch) (Oscar Nominee) Hogan was reportedly invited but turned the invitation, despite being an Oscar nominee and a co-host of the 1987 ceremonies (News.com.au 2/16/2008)
    1. Bob Hoskins - Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Pennies From Heaven, The Long Good Friday, The Honorary Consul, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Brazil, Hood, Mermaids (Actors Branch) (Oscar Nominee) He hasn’t appeared in the Academy’s Memorial page, leading us to assume that he was invited but didn’t join.
  5. Alberto Iglesias - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Kite Runner, The Constant Gardener, The Skin I Live In, Even The Rain, Che, Volver, Talk To Her, All About My Mother (Music Branch) (Oscar Nominee) The composer has been invited to join the Academy at least twice, and there is no indication that his most recent invitation would have been accepted when the others weren’t.  (June 2006 Academy Invitation List) (June 29, 2012 Academy Invitation List)
  6. George Lucas - Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, American Graffiti, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and the Indiana Jones films (Oscar Nominee and Thalberg Award recipient) (The Guardian 2/24/11) (LA TImes 2/19/12)
  7. Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, Days Of Heaven, The New World, Badlands (Directors Branch) (Oscar Nominee) Although unconfirmed, many have speculated that the reclusive director may have been invited prior to the public announcement of 2012, and that he doesn’t seem like the type to join the club. (June 29, 2012 Academy Invitation List)
  8. Nick Mancuso - Under Siege, Ticket To Heaven (Actors Branch) The actor was invited to join the Academy by Charlton Heston, but refused on philosophical grounds. (DirectingInThePerformingArts)
  9. Thomas McCarthy - Up, The Visitor, The Station Agent, Win Win (Oscar Nominee) NOTE: McCarthy was invited into Directors Branch in 2009, and into Writers Branch in 2010. It is Unknown whether he accepted the second invitation. (June 30, 2009 Academy Invitation List) (June 25, 2010 Academy Invitation List)
  10. Hayao Miyazaki - Spirited Away, The Wind Rises, Howl’s Moving Castle (Short Films And Feature Animation Branch - Animator) (Oscar Winner) Miyazaki has been invited to join the Academy three times, and turned down each invitation. According to Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, “"He does not seem to be glad with it because [he thinks] it seems to mean his retirement is near. Miyazaki's thought, 'I want to be as active as possible,' seems to be strong." That quote is from 2006, and it is unknown whether Miyazaki would accept the 2014 invitation now that he actually is retiring. (June 2006 Academy Invitation List) (AnimeNewsNetwork 7/31/2006) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (Learn more here and here)
  11. Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises, A History Of Violence, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, A Dangerous Method (Oscar Nominee). Mortensen says that he is not a member because he does not like judging art. (June 2004 Academy Invitation List) (LA TImes 2/19/12)
  12. Sean Penn - Milk, Mystic River, Dead Man Walking, Sweet And Lowdown, I Am Sam (Actors Branch) (Oscar Winner) Penn was invited to join the Academy in 2004, but gave an interview in 2009 confirming that he has not joined. (June 2004 Academy Invitation List) (LATimes 1/14/09)
  13. David Strathairn - Good Night And Good Luck, Lincoln (Oscar Nominee). The actor has been invited to join the Academy at least twice, and there is no indication that his most recent invitation would have been accepted when the others weren’t.  (June 2006 Academy Invitation List) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List)
    1. Eli Wallach - The Good The Bad And The Ugly (Honorary Academy Award) In a 2010 interview, Wallach said that he never joined the Academy, even after winning an Honorary Academy Award! (LATimes 11/11/10)
  14. Timothy “Tim” Webber - Gravity, The Dark Knight, Children of Men, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Avatar, Notting Hill, Where The Wild Things Are, Lawn Dogs, Love Actually, TV’s Merlin and Dinotopia (Visual Effects Branch) (Oscar Winner) The Visual Effects artist has now been invited at least twice, suggesting that he may not be accepting the invitations (June 30, 2009 Academy Invitation List) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (Learn more here and here)

Fame Is Not Enough

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Not everyone who is famous in Hollywood has been invited to join the club. Some non-members  you may know include:

  1. Eric Beckman - Founder & CEO Of GKIDS Inc., Distributor of The Secret Of Kells, Chico & Rita, A Cat In Paris, From Up On Poppy Hill (Deadline 2/20/12)
  2. Nekisa Cooper - Pariah, Eventual Salvation, La Muneca Fea, Colonial Gods (Producer) (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  3. Mark Cuban - Owner of Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures (LATimes 7/25/12)
    1. Rodney Dangerfield (Source: RogerEbert) (Yahoo Movies)
  4. Ellen DeGeneres - Finding Nemo, EdTV, two time Oscar host (Parade 2/28/2014) (Reporter-Times.com 2/28/2014)
  5. Dane DeHaan - Kill Your Darlings, Lincoln, Lawless, Amigo (IMDB.com - few credits piror to 2004)
  6. Brian De Palma - Director of Scarface, Mission: Impossible, Carlito’s Way, Carrie (2012 Interview)
  7. Zac Efron - Me And Orson Welles, The Lorax, The Lucky One, The Paperboy, Charlie St. Cloud (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  8. Chris Evans - The Avengers, Captain America The First Avenger, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Fantastic Four, Puncture (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  9. America Ferrera - The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Ugly Betty, (IMDB.com - few credits before 2004)
  10. Tina Fey - Date Night, Baby Mama, Mean Girls, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock (LA Times 2/24/12)
  11. Rupert Grint - The Harry Potter series (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  12. Michael C. Hall - TV’s Dexter, TV’s Six Feet Under, Kill Your Darlings (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  13. Armie Hammer - The Social Network, J. Edgar, Mirror Mirror, The Lone Ranger (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  14. Garrett Hedlund - On The Road, Tron Legacy (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  15. Chris Hemsworth - Rush, Thor, Marvel’s The Avengers, Snow White And The Huntsman (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  16. Liam Hemsworth - The Hunger Games series, Paranoia, The Last Song (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  17. Dwight Henry - Beasts Of The Southern Wild (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  18. Richard Hicks - Director of the Casting Society Of America (LATimes 7/31/2013)
  19. Tom Holland - Director of Fright Night, Child’s Play, The Langoliers (ShockNRoll Issue 2)
  20. Barbara Martinez Jitner - Bordertown, Behind The Mask Of Zorro, American Family (Oscars.org Cuba Outreach 2011)
  21. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson - Fast Five, The Scorpion King, Tooth Fairy (Reuters 3/5/10) (The Guardian 2/24/11)
  22. Kristen Johnston - Third Rock From The Sun, The Exes (Twitter)
  23. Michael B. Jordan - Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment, Chronicle (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  24. Asif Kapadia - Senna, The Warrior, Far North, The Sheep Thief, Indian Tales (Carpetbagger 1/12/12)
  25. Taylor Kitsch - Savages, John Carter (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  26. Johnny Knoxville (Carpetbagger 1/14/2014)
  27. Taylor Lautner - The Twilight Saga series, Abduction, Valentine’s Day (Reuters 3/5/10)
  28. Blake Lively - Savages, The Town, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Green Lantern (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  29. Kellan Lutz - The Twilight Saga series (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  30. Ewan McGregor - Moulin Rouge, Beginners, Trainspotting, Big Fish, Black Hawk Down, Little Voice, Star Wars Episodes 1 2 & 3, The Ghost Writer, Young Adam, Angels & Demons, The Impossible, Amelia, I Love You Phillip Morris, Miss Potter, The Men Who Stare At Goats (GoldDerby Video Interview 12/21/2012 at 14:30) Note: In this 2012 Video Interview, McGregor stated that he was not an Academy member, and did not want to apply until he got in as a nominee. Perhaps this mindset helps us understand how other high profile veterans have remained off the list for years?
  31. Zoe McLellan (PasadenaWeekly)
    1. Cory Monteith - has not shown up on Academy’s In Memoriam page.
  32. Chloe Moretz - Hugo, Kick-Ass (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  33. Sophie Nelisse - The Book Thief, Monsieur Lazhar, Pawn Sacrifice (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  34. Adepero Oduye - Pariah, Twelve Years A Slave, Half Nelson, On The Outs (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  35. Patton Oswalt - Young Adult (Reuters 2/26/2014)
  36. Jim Parsons - TV’s The Big Bang Theory, The Muppets, The Normal Heart, Garden State (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  37. Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Last Airbender (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  38. Robert Pattinson - The Twilight Saga series, Bel Ami, Cosmopolis, Water For Elephants, Remember Me, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Reuters 3/5/10)
  39. Chonda Pierce (Twitter 1/15/2014)
  40. Freida Pinto - Slumdog Millionaire, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Immortals, Trishna, Miral (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  41. Aubrey Plaza - Safety Not Guaranteed, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, TV’s Parks And Recreation (IMDB.com - No credits prior to 2004)
  42. Chris Pratt - Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Lego Movie, TV’s Parks And Recreation (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  43. Daniel Radcliffe - The Harry Potter series, The Woman In Black, Kill Your Darlings (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  44. Noomi Rapace - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swedish), Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  45. Eddie Redmayne - Les Miserables, My Week With Marilyn (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  46. Dee Rees - Pariah, Eventual Salvation, Colonial Gods, Orange Bow (Writer/Director) (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  47. Will Reiser - Writer of 50/50 (Esquire 1/24/12)
  48. Danny Rubin - Writer of Groundhog Day (ABQJournal 2/27/04)
  49. Kristen Schaal (NYTimes 2/22/2011)
  50. Taylor Schilling - Argo, The Lucky One, Atlas Shrugged (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  51. Rob Schneider - Deuce Bigelow Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, The Animal, 50 First Dates (Wall Street Journal)
  52. Suraj Sharma - Life Of Pi (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  53. Harry Shearer - For Your Consideration, The Simpsons Movie, This Is Spinal Tap, Godzilla (MaguiresMovies.blogspot.com)
  54. Tye Sheridan - Mud, The Tree Of Life, Joe (IMDB.com - No credits prior to 2004)
  55. Kristen Stewart  - The Twilight Saga series, On The Road, Into The Wild, Snow White And The Huntsman, Adventureland, The Runaways (HollywoodLife)
  56. Taylor Swift - The Hunger Games, The Lorax, Valentine’s Day, Letters To Juliet (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  57. Channing Tatum - Magic Mike, The Vow, The Eagle, 21 Jump Street, Haywire, Dear John, Stop-Loss (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  58. Andrew Tavani - Writer of TV’s Cash Cab (Twitter 11/21/2012)
  59. Miles Teller - The Spectacular Now, Rabbit Hole, 21 And Over, That Awkward Moment (IMDB.com - No credits prior to 2004)
    1. Paul Walker - the Fast and the Furious series, Pleasantville (has not shown up on Academy’s In Memoriam page)
  60. Emma Watson - The Harry Potter series, My Week With Marilyn, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  61. Paul Whetstone (Twitter 11/21/2013)
  62. Betty White - The Golden Girls, The Lorax, The Proposal, Bringing Down The House, The Story Of Us, Advise & Consent, Hot In Cleveland (TheWrap)
  63. Edy Williams (ChicagoTribune 4/1/1987)
  64. Jeff Zucker - former President and CEO of NBC Universal (Reuters 3/5/10)

Some celebrities have made a public fuss about their perceived snubs. In 2004 Rob Schneider went public in the Wall Street Journal about not being invited. Interestingly, Sid Ganis, one of the producers of Schneider’s film Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, served as the Academy’s president from 2005 to 2009, but this didn’t help Schneider any: As far as we can tell he still hasn’t been invited.

Rodney Dangerfield (Caddyshack, Natural Born Killers, Easy Money, Back To School) took an even more confrontational approach. In 1995, his application for membership was not accepted for that year. When the Academy did invited him to join at a later date, he refused, saying that "They don't even apologize or nothing... They give no respect at all--pardon the pun--to comedy." At the time of his death in 2004, he was still not a member. (Source: RogerEbert) (Yahoo Movies)

Even If I Have A Nomination?

Even if fame isn’t a deciding factor, one might think that being nominated for an Oscar would cement your acceptance as an artist.  We are learning, however, that many nominees are not invited to join the Academy. Younger actresses and those who share screen credits seem to have a particularly difficult time being invited to join the club.

  1. Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine, Rango, Zombieland (Oscar Nominated Actress) (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  2. Stan Chervin - Moneyball (Oscar Nominated Writer) (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  3. Adam Clayton of U2 - Gangs Of New York (Oscar Nominated Musician) (AtU2.com)
  4. Keith Dorrington - The Fighter, The Merger (Oscar Nominated Writer) (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  5. Mark Fergus - Children Of Men, Iron Man, First Snow, Cowboys & Aliens (Oscar Nominated Writer) (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  6. Anthony Hines - Borat, Bruno (Oscar Nominated Writer) (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  7. Eric Johnson - The Fighter (Oscar Nominated Writer) (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  8. Rinko Kikuchi - Babel, The Brothers Bloom, Norwegian Wood (Oscar Nominated Actress) (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  9. Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 - Gangs Of New York (Oscar Nominated Musician) (AtU2.com)
  10. Hawk Ostby - Children Of Men, Iron Man, First Snow, Cowboys & Aliens (Oscar Nominated Writer) (IMDB.com - few credits prior to 2004)
  11. Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis, Chicken With Plums (Oscar Nominated for an animated film) (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  12. Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit (Oscar Nominated Actress) (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  13. Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts Of The Southern Wild (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)
  14. Beau Willimon - The Ides Of March (Oscar Nominated Writer) (IMDB.com - no credits prior to 2004)

Does A Win Mean Anything?

Ok, so even if you don’t think an Oscar Nomination is enough to get you into the club, one would think that a WIN would do the trick, right? Not true, especially if you win for your first film or win as part of a team. Further research may find even more names, but for now here are a few of the people who have won the statue, but still don’t get a vote:

  1. Adele Adkins - Oscar Winning Song Writer for Skyfall
    1. Malik Bendjelloul - Oscar Winning Director of the documentary Searching For Sugar Man (Did not appear on the invitation list after he won, nor on the Memorial Page after his passing.)
  2. Barney Burman - Oscar Winning Makeup Artist for Star Trek (TrekMovie.com)
  3. Nicolas Chartier - Oscar Winning Producer of The Hurt Locker (LATimes 2/25/10)
  4. Alexandre Espigares - Oscar Winning Animator for Mr. Hublot
  5. Daniel Lindsay - Oscar Winning Director of the documentary Undefeated
  6. T.J. Martin - Oscar Winning Director of the documentary Undefeated
  7. Rich Middlemas - Oscar Winning Producer of the documentary Undefeated

Members For Life, UNLESS....

Membership in the Academy is usually for life, but there have been some high profile examples of individuals who have left the Academy, often over matters involving policy or the structure of the organization:

  1. Rev. Malcolm Boyd was an Academy member prior to 1951, but apparently is not any more. (TheHuffingtonPost 3/5/12)
  2. Carmine Caridi - The Godfather Parts 1 2 & 3, Bugsy, The Money Pit (Actors Branch) was expelled from the Academy in 2004 for violating the anti-piracy rules attached to Academy screeners. (IMDB) (Chicago Tribune)
  3. Bernie Casey - Under Siege, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, Another 48 Hours, Never Say Never Again, In The Mouth Of Madness, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Actors Branch) left the Academy because of the slow pace that it was making in diversifying its membership. (LA Times 2/19/12)
  4. Alex Cox - Repo Man, Sid & Nancy, Straight To Hell, Walker, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Quit due to the number of screeners that were being sent to him (NetworkAwesome.com 11/6/2012)
  5. Jim Faris - His bio says he was a member “until 1955” (SantaCruzSentinel 7/5/2010) (Learn more here)
  6. Dave Grusin - The Milagro Beanfield War, The Firm, Havana, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Tootsie, On Golden Pond, Heaven Can Wait (Music Branch). Despite being an Oscar Winner, multiple time nominee AND a former Academy Governor, Grusin dropped out of the Academy in the early 1970s because he believed there were many non-artistic factors involved in the awards decision-making. (ABQJournal 2/27/04)
  7. Charles “Chuck” Harvey (Animator) lists himself as a Former Member in his bio. (CharlesHarvey.blogspot.com)
  8. Robert Kline - Former Executive Vice President at Twentieth Century Fox, Co-Founder of Lifetime TV, Heaven & Earth, Afghanistan And Beyond, Operation Welcome Home, Harley Davidson The Spirit Of America, JFK Remembered 20 Years Later, Operation Enduring Freedom, The Vietnam Experience (Producers Branch). Some of his most recent bios list him as a FORMER member of the Academy. (OCWeekly) (NewportBeach) (Sparkoc.com)
  9. Britt Leach - Weird Science, Goin’ South, The Last Starfighter, The Great Outdoors, Baby Boom (Actors Branch) reportedly left the Academy in 2007 because he disagreed with the security policies attached to Academy screeners. (p2pnet) (Wikipedia) (Leach’s letter to the Academy)
    1. Ed Limato - Resigned from The Academy in 2003 over its screener policies (Variety 11/17/2003)
  10. Turhan Von Brandon’s biography lists him as a “past member” of the Academy. (Smugmug.com)

It is possible that other members have left the Academy more quietly--all it would take is to stop paying your membership dues, and it is also possible to get back in after you have left. In 1975 Actress Glenda Jackson’s (Women In Love, A Touch Of Class, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Hedda) vote was apparently disqualified because she had not yet paid her dues for that year (Source: Brownielocks), but presumably she was allowed to rejoined at a later date. Actress Dolores Hart (Where The Boys Are, King Creole, Come Fly With Me) dropped her academy membership at the advice of the lady abbess when she became a nun, but it was reinstated in 1990 after the personal intervention of actor Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront) the then-president of the Film Academy. (LA Times 2/20/12)

For those who want to continue to hold their honorary title of being Academy members, but carry less responsibility, the Academy has also created a category of “retired members.” Retired members pay no annual fee and are no longer eligible to vote for the Oscars or board of governors. They are allowed only to attend screenings. (Chicago Tribune) At the time of voting for the 84th Oscars, The Wrap reported that there were 673 retired members (TheWrap). Note that this membership category is distinct from whether they have retired from their actual jobs. There are many retirees who maintain active, voting memberships long after they have stopped working in the industry.

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  1. Fascinating stuff! Loving your work! Interesting that every nominee isn't invited. And a damn good thing that Rob Schneider has never been and I hope it stays that way. I wonder if Oscar winning Eminem is a voter. Not sure why I'm just curious.

    1. Thanks Pete. I'm not much of a Schneider fan myself, but if he ever does a "serious" film then I can see them letting him in based upon pure volume alone.

      Great question about Eminem. I did a quick search and can't seem to find anything definitive yet. Part of the challenge is that he won a full year before they started making their invitees public, so it is hard to guess. On the one hand, he won, which you would think should automatically qualify you, but on the other hand the Academy has been on such a kick to try to prove how young and hip they are, that if they had actually invited him you would think they would have publicized it better. While his music has been used in lots of films, it may be that 8 Mile is one of the few where it was actually written specifically for the film, so it is possible that they didn't think he had enough screen credits -- the same problem as the younger nominees above. I'll keep researching, and may add him to this page if I can't find anything. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Great article and that answers my doubt on why Woody Allen was absent in most award shows.Thank God Taylor Lautner doesnt get invited and I hope that remains the same forever.That guy really cant act.However Kristen Stewart is deserving.She is a good actress and I really love her work outside Twillight and the oscar nominees that you mentioned especially Abigail definitely deserves an invitation to the club. F.FRANKLIN

    1. Thanks! It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Twilight stars eventually became members--Remember that they are all pretty young by Academy standards. Stewart's projects do make it seem like she might be the first one in--especially with both On The Road and Snow White And The Huntsman this year.

  3. Great post! I see this project is off to a good start. Looking forward to seeing what else you unearth in the process!

    1. Thanks. I suspect that this non-members page may grow over time, as I learn more about how the Academy's invitations happen.