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The Academy Members Project V

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Updated 10/20/2014

Pictured: Carey Villegas is a Visual Effects artist who has worked on films a varied as Titanic, Cast Away, I Am Legend, Fight Club, Bad Boys 2 and Alice In Wonderland, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Still, it would be a mistake to think that his screen credits completely sum up his contribution to the industry. Like many technological innovators, the tools that he developed get shared throughout the filmmaking community, and the software that he designed has been used in the Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings and Matrix franchises.

As a reminder, Bold font is for confirmed AMPAS members that we are able to document conclusively. Standard font is for confirmed invitees, most of whom presumably accept. Italic font is for those believed to be members, but whose status has not been verified. 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. Read why we are so cautious HERE.

I will be adding more pictures, as well as credits, awards, and of course new names as the project proceeds. And don’t forget to send me recommendations of Oscar voters I may have missed!


  1. Jost Vacano - Das Boot, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, RoboCop, Hollow Man, Showgirls (Cinematographers Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (Cinematographers.nl)
  2. Brenda Vaccaro - Once Is Enough, Midnight Cowboy, Where It’s At, Capricorn One (Actors Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (Summer 1974 Academy Bulletin p. 2)
  3. Christine Vachon - I'm Not There, Infamous, The Notorious Bettie Page, Far from Heaven, One Hour Photo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Boys Don't Cry, Velvet Goldmine, I Shot Andy Warhol (Producers Branch) (Oscars.org 6/22/10)
    1. Ernest Vajda (one source spells it Vadja) - Writers Branch (1927 Membership List p. 11) (1930 Academy Publication p. 13)
  4. David Valdes (Producers Branch) (Harvardwood.org) (DreamWorksStudios)
    1. Eugene Vale - Writers Branch (November 1960 Academy Report p. 4)
  5. Courtenay L Valenti (Executives Branch) (June 2004 Academy Invitation List)
    1. Dino Valenti (Actors Branch) (January 1964 Academy Report p. 4)
    2. Jack Valenti - Executives Branch (IMDB.com) (Academy Memorial Page 3/8/2008)
    3. Joseph A. Valentine (born Giuseppe Valentino) (Cinematographers Branch) (Oscar Winner) (1948 Membership List)
    4. Mario Valenzuela (Designers Branch) (1948 Membership List)
  6. Jean-Marc Vallée - Dallas Buyers Club, Young Victoria, Cafe De Flore, C.R.A.Z.Y., Los Locos, Wild (Directors Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (TheHollywoodReporter 8/31/2014) (Learn more here and here)
    1. Rudy Vallee (Actors Branch) (1948 Membership List)
    2. John Vallone - Art Directors Branch, Oscar Nominee (Academy Memorial Page 3/5/2005)
  7. Marilyn Vance (sometimes credited as Marilyn Vance-Straker) - The Untouchables, Pretty Woman, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Rocketeer, Mystery Man, Predator 1 & 2, Die Hard 1 & 2, Throw Momma From The Train, Pretty In Pink, Action Jackson (Costume Designers Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (LATimes 3/26/1995) (Learn more here and here)
  8. Ethan Van Der Ryn - King Kong, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Argo, Transformers 1 2 & 3, Pearl Harbor, X-Men, Titanic, Armageddon, Saving Private Ryan (Sound Branch) (Oscar Winner) (June 2004 Academy Invitation List)
  9. Greg Van der Veer (IMDB Resume)
  10. Theo van de Sande - Cruel Intentions, Blade, Wayne’s World, Colors Straight Up, Cowboy Del Amor, Big Daddy, Beauty Shop (Cinematographers Branch) (AwardsDaily 1/24/2013)
    1. Daniel E. Vandraegen (At Large Member) (January 1964 Academy Report p. 4)
    2. Charles Van Enger (Cinematographers Branch) (1948 Membership List) (more info)
    3. Richard L. Van Enger (Sr.) (Film Editors Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (1948 Membership List) (more info)
    4. Osso van Eyss (aka Otto Eis) (Writers Branch) (1948 Membership List)
  11. Valerie Van Galder - President of Marketing for New Regency Productions (Public Relations Branch) (June 2007 Academy Invitation List) (LinkedIn)
  12. Felix van Groeningen - The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Misfortunates, Steve + Sky, With Friends Like These (Directors Branch) (Director of an Oscar Nominated Foreign Language Film) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (Learn more here and here)
    1. James “Jimmy” Van Heusen (born Edward Chester Babcock) (Music Branch) (Oscar Winner) (1948 Membership List) (more info)
    2. R. T. Van Niman (At Large Member) (1948 Membership List)
  13. Kees Van Oostrum - Gettysburg, Gods And Generals, Thinner, Drive Me Crazy (Cinematographers Branch) (June 2004 Academy Invitation List) (Encyclopedia.com)
    1. Harold M. Van Riel (Public Relations Branch) (January 1964 Academy Report p. 4)
    2. Theadora Van Runkle - Art Directors Branch, Oscar Nominee (Academy Memorial Page 4/14/2012)
  14. Gus Van Sant - Good Will Hunting, Milk, Elephant, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, My Own Private Idaho (Directors Branch) (Oscar Nominee)
    1. Albert E. Van Schmus (At Large Member) (Winter 1975 Academy Bulletin p. 4)
  15. Sally Van Slyke - Universal Pictures (Public Relations Branch)  (LA Times Article Snapshots 2/19/12) (WildThymesBook.com)
    1. Dien Van Straalen - Girl With A Pearl Earring (Costume Designers Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (Learn more here)
  16. Brian Van't Hul - King Kong, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Forrest Gump, Coraline, I Robot (Visual Effects Branch) (Oscar Winner) (June 17, 2011 Academy Invitation List) (New Members Reception)
  17. Adam Van Wyk - Despicable Me 1 & 2, Ice Age (Short Films And Feature Animation Branch) (Iowa.gov) (Learn more here)
  18. Bruno Van Zeebroeck - Lone Survivor, Public Enemies, Predator, Die Hard, Action Jackson, Alien 3, Legends Of The Fall, A Walk In The Clouds, The Nutty Professor, Elite Squad 1 & 2, Zoot Suit, Dune, Red Sonja, Flags Of Our Fathers, Flight Of The Phoenix, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, RED, Unstoppable, Battleship (Visual Effects Branch) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (Learn more here)
    1. Gyte Van Zyl (GenealogyBuff.com)
    2. Victor Varconi (Actors Branch) (1927 Membership List p. 10)
  19. Agnès Varda - The Beaches of Agnès, The Gleaners and I (Documentary Branch) (June 28, 2013 Academy Invitation List) (AFI.com) (BroadwayWorld.com)
  20. Nia Vardalos - My Big Fat Greek Wedding, For a Good Time, Call, My Life In Ruins (Actors Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (June 29, 2012 Academy Invitation List)
  21. Checco Varese - Girl in Progress, The Aura, La Misma Luna, Their Eyes Were Watching God (Cinematographers Branch) (June 28, 2013 Academy Invitation List)
    1. Clifford Vaughan (Music Branch) (1948 Membership List)
  22. Robert Vaughn - The Young Philadelphians (Actors Branch) (Oscar Nominee)
  23. Francis Veber - Ca Cage Aux Folles (Writers Branch) (Oscar Nominee)
  24. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam - Eat Pray Love, Into the Wild (Music Branch) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (Learn more here, here and here)
    1. Anthony Veiller (Writers Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (For Your Information Vol 3 No 6-7 June/July 1947 p. 6) (1948 Membership List)
    2. John Patrick Veitch (Executives Branch) (Geni.com)
  25. Sandy Veneziano - Dead Poets Society, Nebraska, Fatal Instinct, Star Trek Generations, Father Of The Bride, Home Alone 2 Lost In New York (Designers Branch - Production Design) (Resume) (Facebook)
  26. Adam Venit - Agent (Associate Member - Non-Voting) (TheEnvelope archived 12/28/2012)
  27. Dennis Venizelos - The Iron Giant, Osmosis Jones, A Goofy Movie, Looney Toons: Back in Action, Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers (Short Films And Feature Animation Branch) (FunToonsEntertainment.com) (Resume)
  28. Chick Vennera - The Milagro Beanfield War (Actors Branch) (IMDB.com) (Plays411.com)
  29. Gore Verbinski - Rango (Directors Branch) (Oscar Winner) (June 2008 Academy Invitation List)
  30. Vivienne Verdon-Roe - Women: For America For The World, In The Nuclear Shadow: What Can The Children Tell Us? (Documentary Branch) (Oscar Winner) (NYTimes 4/9/1993)
  31. Maribel Verdu - Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Bella Epoque, Tetro, Huevos De Oro, The Blind Sunflowers (Actors Branch) (June 2007 Academy Invitation List)
  32. Paul Verhoeven - RoboCop, The Fourth Man, Starship Troopers, Basic Instinct, Black Book, Hollow Man, Total Recall, Soldier Of The Orange, Showgirls (Directors Branch) (MyFilmViews)
  33. Mary Vernieu - Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem For A Dream, Sin City, Silver Linings Playbook, Che Part One & Two, Training Day, Spy Kids, Any Given Sunday, Three Kings, The Faculty (Casting Directors Branch) (June 29, 2012 Academy Invitation List)
  34. David Verrall - Dimanche/Sunday, Madame Tutli-Putli, Village Of Idiots, When The Day Breaks, Ryan, The Sound Collector, Bob’s Birthday (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) (June 29, 2012 Academy Invitation List)
  35. Edward S. Verreaux - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Jurassic Park III (Designers Branch - Production Designer) (June 25, 2010 Academy Invitation List) (Academy Report Vol. 23, 3rd/4th Quarter 2010 p. 18)
    1. Voldemar Vetluguin (Executives Branch) (1948 Membership List)
  36. Richard Vetter (In70mm.com) (ZoomInfo)
  37. Charles T. Viane (Executives Branch) (June 2004 Academy Invitation List)
    1. Martha Vickers (Actors Branch) (1948 Membership List)
    2. Gore Vidal - Writers Branch (Academy Memorial Page 1/27/2013)
  38. Gabe Videla (IMDB.com)
    1. Doris Warner Vidor - Executives Branch (September 1961 Academy Report p. 4)
    2. Florence Vidor (Actors Branch) (1927 Membership List p. 10)
    3. Zoli Vidor (Variety 3/10/1994)
  39. Nacho Vigalondo - 7:35 In The Morning, Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial, The ABC’s Of Death (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (June 2005 Academy Invitation List) (ZoomInfo)
    1. Robert G. Vignola - Directors Branch (1927 Membership List p. 10) (1930 Academy Publication p. 12)
  40. Abe Vigoda - The Godfather Parts 1 & 2, Barney Miller (Actors Branch) (Oscar Dearest p. 247)
  41. Selma Vilhunen - Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitta? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), The Crossroads, Pony Girls, My Little Elephants, Ruutana, Welcome To Day 6 Of The Iraq War, A Day With Dad (Short Films And Feature Animation Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (Learn more here and here)
  42. Dimitri Villard - CEO Of Peer Media Technologies (Source) (Source 2)
  43. Bill Villarreal - Sony Pictures Imageworks, Hollow Man, Hancock, Men In Black 2, Die Hard With A Vengeance (Visual Effects Branch) (Scientific & Technical Committee) (Oscar.go.com 5/18/12) (HomeMediaMagazine 2014)
  44. Carey Villegas - Alice In Wonderland, Fight Club, Titanic, I Am Legend, Spider-Man 3, Cast Away, Bad Boys 2 (Visual Effects Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (June 2008 Academy Invitation List) (Siggraph.org) (CGVFX.com)
  45. Denis Villeneuve - Prisoners, Incendies, Enemy, Maelstrom, Polytechnique (Directors Branch) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (Learn more here and here)
    1. Allen Vincent (Writers Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (1948 Membership List)
  46. Amelia Vincent - Black Snake Moan, Hustle & Flow, Eve’s Bayou (Cinematographers Branch) (June 2004 Academy Invitation List) (Who Is The Academy Page 3/20/12) (LinkedIn.com)
    1. James Vincent (Directors Branch) (1948 Membership List) (more info)
    2. Virginia Vincent - I Want To Live, The Black Orchid (Actors Branch) (February 1960 Academy Report p. 2) (Academy Memorial Page 2/21/14)
  47. Jesse Vint - Chinatown, Silent Running, Forbidden World (Actors Branch) (IMDB.com)
  48. Thomas Vinterberg - The Hunt, The Celebration, Submarino, It’s All About Love (Directors Branch) (Director of an Oscar Nominated Foreign Language Film) (June 26, 2014 Academy Invitation List) (Learn more here and here)
  49. Will Vinton - Closed Mondays, Rip Van Winkle, The Creation, The Great Cognito, Return To Oz (Short Films And Feature Animation Branch) (Oscar Winner) (Winter 1976 Academy Bulletin p. 4)
    1. Joseph T. Virnig - At Large Member (Academy Memorial Page 1/27/2013)
    2. Michael Visaroff (Actors Branch) (1948 Membership List)
  50. Ruth Vitale - Don Juan DeMarco, Love Valour Compassion, Corrina Corrina, Bloody Sunday, Hustle & Flow, Shine, CEO at The Film Collective, Formerly with Paramount CLassics, Fine Line Features, First Look Studios, United Artists (Resume) (LinkedIn)
  51. Monica Vitti (Actors Branch) (Academy President’s Report Winter 1980 p. 5)
  52. Paul Vlahos (Scientific & Technical Award Winner)
    1. Joseph Richard Vogel - President of MGM (At Large Member, originally Administrators Branch) (1948 Membership List) (July 1959 Academy Report p. 1)
    2. Paul Charles Vogel (Cinematographers Branch) (Oscar Winner) (1948 Membership List) (more info)
  53. Mary Elizabeth Vogt - Men In Black 1 2 & 3, Batman Returns, Hocus Pocus, The Fantastic Four Rise Of The Silver Surfer, The Naked Gun, Short Circuit, Zorro The Gay Blade Dinner For Schmucks, Dune (Costume Designers Branch) (RioMarket 1/10/2013) (Learn more here)
    1. William B. Vogt - Sound Branch (Academy Memorial Page 2/26/2009)
  54. Jon Voight - Midnight Cowboy, Coming Home, Runaway Train, Ali (Actors Branch) (Oscar Winner) (TheHollywoodReporter 11/19/2012)
    1. Ted Voigtlander (Cinematographers Branch) (Academy Governor) (Academy Reporter Vol 1 No 3, August 1989 p. 1)
    2. A. George Volck (or Volek?) (At Large Member, originally Technicians Branch) (1927 Membership List p. 11) (1930 Academy Publication p. 13) (1948 Membership List)
  55. Lia Vollack - President of Worldwide Music And Executive Vice President of Theatrical at Sony Pictures Entertainment (At Large Member) (June 2007 Academy Invitation List)
  56. Lance Volland - Warner Bros. (Public Relations Branch) (June 17, 2011 Academy Invitation List)
  57. Patrizia von Brandenstein - Amadeus, The Untouchables, Ragtime, All the King's Men, The Ice Harvest, Man on the Moon, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Quick and the Dead, Postcards from the Edge (Designers Branch - Production Designer) (Oscar Winner) (Oscars.org 6/22/10)
    1. Note that Turhan Von Brandon may have left the academy.
    2. Ted Von Hemert (Designers Branch - Set Decorator) (For Your Information Vol 2 No 4-5 April/May 1946 p. 4) (1948 Membership List)
    3. Arthur L. von Kirbach - Sound Branch (1930 Academy Publication p. 13)
    4. Josef von Sternberg - Directors Branch, Oscar Nominee (1930 Academy Publication p. 12)
    5. Erich von Stroheim - Directors Branch, Oscar Nominee (1927 Membership List p. 10) (1930 Academy Publication p. 12)
    6. Josef Von Stroheim - Sound Branch (December 1961 Academy Report, p. 2)
  58. Max von Sydow - Pelle The Conqueror, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (Actors Branch) (Oscar Nominee)
    1. John F. Vorisek - Sound Branch (Fall 1974 Academy Bulletin p. 6)
    2. Sam Vorzimer (Public Relations Branch) (1948 Membership List)
    3. Judith Vosselli - Actors Branch (1930 Academy Publication p. 12)
    4. Victor Voyda - Producers Branch (1930 Academy Publication p. 12)
    5. Robert G. Vreeland (Directors Branch) (1948 Membership List)
    6. Dusan Vukotic - Short Films And Feature Animation Branch or Writers Branch?, Oscar Nominee (Filmosaurusrex.com)


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