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Friday, June 8, 2012

The Academy Members Project Z

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Updated 3/28/2015

Pictured: Chicago may have been the first best picture winner in history to headline two actresses whose names begin with the letter Z. Catherine Zeta-Jones won best supporting actress for her work in the film, with Renee Zellweger taking home the supporting award the following year for Cold Mountain.

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. Craig Zadan - Chicago, Hairspray, Footloose, The Bucket List (Producers Branch) (Deadline 6/28/2013) (AdWeek.com 11/17/2014)
    1. Eugene Zador (Music Branch) (1948 Membership List)
    2. Saul Zaentz - Amadeus, The English Patient, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Producers Branch) (Oscar Winner) (Thalberg Award recipient) (Former Academy Governor) (APNews 8/9/88) (Academy Reporter Vol 1 No 3, August 1989 p. 1) (Academy Report Vol 2 No 1, Feb 1990 p. 2) (Academy Memorial Page 2/21/14) (Academy Museum Donor List 11/2/2014)
  2. Steven Zaillian - Schindler's List, Gangs of New York, Awakenings, Moneyball, American Gangster, Black Hawk Down, Mission: Impossible, Clear and Present Danger (Writers Branch) (Oscar Winner) (Oscars.org 6/22/10)
  3. Stuart Zakim - Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, Vice President Of Corporate Public Relations At Showtime Networks (Public Relations Branch) (PublicityClubNewYork) (IPRA.org)
  4. Donna Zakowska - (Costume Designers Branch) Kate & Leopold, The Iceman, Forces Of Nature, Fading Gigolo, Bunraku, Original Sin, One True Thing, Harriet The Spy, Crimes & Misdemeanors, Romance & Cigarettes (Academy Report Vol. 23 1st Quarter 2010 p.27) (Learn more here)
  5. Shane Zalvin - Space Jam, Four Rooms, Spirit Stallion Of The Cimarron (Short Films And Feature Animation Branch) (June 2004 Academy Invitation List) (Resume)
  6. Debra Zane - American Beauty, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, The Hunger Games (Casting Directors Branch)  (VisualHollywood) (MorningTheMovie)
    1. Darryl F. Zanuck (Producers Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (Irving G. Thalberg Award Winner) (1927 Membership List p. 10) (1930 Academy Publication p. 13) (1948 Membership List)
  7. Habib Zargarpour - The Perfect Storm, Twister, The Bourne Identity, Mask, Signs, Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, Star Trek Generations, Star Trek First Contact (Visual Effects Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (Vesage, Author Bios) (Wikipedia)
  8. Alan Zaslove (Short Films And Feature Animation Branch) (December 1961 Academy Report, p. 2)
    1. Paul D. N. Zastupnevich - Costume Designers Branch, Oscar Nominee (August 1960 Academy Report p. 2) (Academy Report Vol 13 No 1, January 1971 p. 7)
    2. Vivienne Walker Zavitz - Makeup Artist And Hairstylists Branch (Academy Memorial Page 4/8/2010)
  9. Kristi Zea - (Designers Branch OR Producers Branch?) (Oscar Nominee) As Good As It Gets, Revolutionary Road, Silence Of The Lambs, The Departed, Goodfellas, Philadelphia, Beloved, Wall Street Money Never Sleeps, Lorenzo’s Oil, Silverado, Terms Of Endearment, Broadcast News, Tower Heist, Black Nativity (Learn more here and here)
  10. Teddy Zee - Pursuit Of Happyness, Hitch, Life Or Something Like It, Saving Face, Charlie’s Angels, Cable Guy, Indecent Proposal (Executives Branch or Producers Branch) (verizonapahm.com) (Montejade.org) (Wikipedia) (LinkedIn.com)
  11. Franco Zeffirelli - Romeo And Juliet, The Taming Of The Shrew, Jesus Of Nazareth, Brother Sun Sister Moon (Directors Branch or Producers Branch) (Oscar Nominee)
  12. Rolf Zehetbauer - Cabaret, Das Boot, The NeverEnding Story, Querelle (Designers Branch) (Oscar Winner) (Fall 1974 Academy Bulletin p. 6)
    1. B.F. “Bennie” Zeidman - Producers Branch (1930 Academy Publication p. 13)
    2. Eric Zeisl (Music Branch) (1948 Membership List)
  13. Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild, Glory at Sea (Directors Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (June 28, 2013 Academy Invitation List)
    1. Jimmy Zelinger - (At Large Member - Title Designer) (Academy Memorial Page Archived 11/1/2014)
  14. Les Zellan - Chairman of Cooke Optics (Academy Award Of Merit Winner) (Associate Member - Non-Voting) (June 28, 2013 Academy Invitation List) (talamas.com 10/15/2013)
  15. Renee Zellweger - Cold Mountain, Chicago, Bridget Jones’s Diary (Actors Branch) (Oscar Winner) (Sci-Tech Awards)
  16. Mel Zelniker - The Evil Dead, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, King Of New York, 3-2-1 Contact, EdTV (Sound Branch) (Source: Facebook 4/22/2014 - 3rd comment down)
    1. Herbert Zemansky (Associate Member - Non-Voting) (December 1961 Academy Report p. 4)
  17. Robert Zemeckis - Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back To The Future 1 2 & 3 (Directors Branch OR Writers Branch?) (Oscar Winner)
  18. Anthony Zerbe (Actors Branch) (WSJ.com 2/28/2014) (Also this article in conjunction with this one)
  19. Catherine Zeta-Jones - Chicago (Actors Branch) (Oscar Winner)
  20. Ziyi Zhang - Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, House Of Flying Dragons (Actors Branch) (June 2005 Academy Invitation List) (Wikipedia) (ZhangZiwiWeb.com) (DailyChilli.com 6/2/12)
    1. Evarts Ziegler - Associate Member (February 1961 Academy Report p. 4) (Obituary)
    2. William H. Ziegler - Film Editors Branch, Oscar Nominee (January 1964 Academy Report p. 4) (Academy Report Vol 13 No 1, January 1971 p. 7)
  21. Jerzy Zielinski (Cinematographers Branch) (June 2005 Academy Invitation List) (Resume)
  22. Amy Ziering - The Invisible War, Derrida, Outrage, The Memory Thief, Taylor’s Campaign (Documentary Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (June 28, 2013 Academy Invitation List)
  23. Jerry Ziesmer (At Large Member) (84th Foreign Language Executive Committee) (83rd Foreign Language Committee) (Oscar.go.com 5/18/12)
  24. Walter Zifkin - Agent (Associate Member - Non-Voting) (TheEnvelope archived 12/28/2012)
  25. Aaron Lael Zigman - Peeples, Sex and the City, The Notebook, John Q, Bridge To Terebithia, Escape From Planet Earth, The Proposal, Madea’s Witness Protection, For Colored Girls, Akeelah And The Bee (Music Branch) (June 28, 2013 Academy Invitation List)
    1. Jerry Zigmond (Possibly Public Relations??) (48th Academy Award Program p. 16)
    2. Rose Goldstein Zimanich (Public Relations Branch) (November 1960 Academy Report p. 4)
    3. Sam Zimbalist (Producers Branch) (Oscar Winner) (1948 Membership List)
  26. Jonathan Zimbert (Executives Branch) (84th Foreign Language Executive Committee) (83rd Foreign Language Committee) (Oscar.go.com 5/18/12)
  27. Hans Zimmer - The Lion King, Interstellar, Gladiator, Inception, The Thin Red Line, Sherlock Holmes, The Prince Of Egypt, As Good As It Gets, The Preacher’s Wife, Rain Man, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Rango, Frost/Nixon, Twelve Years A Slave (Music Branch) (Oscar Winner) (TheWrap 1/7/2011)
    1. Michael Zimring - Associate Member (IndieWire 10/22/1997) (Academy Memorial Page 4/14/2012)
    2. T. John Zinn (Producers Branch) (1948 Membership List)
    3. Fred Zinnemann (one source spells it Zinneman) (Directors Branch) (Oscar Winner) (1948 Membership List)
    4. Peter Zinner - Film Editors Branch, Oscar Winner (70th Academy Awards Program image 20) (Academy Memorial Page 3/8/2008)
  28. Donald J. Zirpola (LMU.edu)
  29. Victor J. Zolfo - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Avengers, The Day After Tomorrow, Zodiac, Mr & Mrs Smith, Daredevil (Designers Branch - Set Decorator) (Oscar Winner) (June 2006 Academy Invitation List) (IMDB.com)
  30. Mary Zophres - True Grit, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Catch Me If You Can, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Fargo, Iron Man 2, Gangster Squad. Ghost World, Lions For Lambs, Kingpin, Dumb & Dumber, Natural Born Killers, Born on The Fourth Of July (Costume Designers Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (AwardsDaily 1/24/2013)
  31. Vilmos Zsigmond - Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, The River, The Black Dahlia, The Ghost And The Darkness, Deliverance, Maverick (Cinematographers Branch) (Oscar Winner) (Former Academy Governor) (IMDB Bio) (ScreenDaily 7/11/2007) (TheHollywoodReporter 7/11/2007)
    1. George Zucco (Actors Branch) (1948 Membership List)
  32. Jerry Zucker - Ghost, Airplane, The Naked Gun, The Naked Gun 2 ½ (Writers Branch) (LA Times 3/29/92)
    1. Adolph Zukor (Listed in Producers Branch in 1930, and as an At Large Member in 1948) (1930 Academy Publication p. 13) (1948 Membership List)
  33. Kenneth “Ken” Zunder - Bending the Rules, That's What I Am (Cinematographers Branch) (June 28, 2013 Academy Invitation List) (Emmys.com)
  34. Dean Zupancic - The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, Pulp Fiction, Tangled, The Princess And The Frog, Gangster Squad, Rock Of Ages, Coach Carter, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mr. Holland’s Opus,  (Sound Branch) (Oscar Nominee) (Who Is The Academy Page 3/20/12) (AwardsDaily 1/24/2013)
  35. Edward Zwick - Shakespeare In Love, Traffic, Glory, Legends Of The Fall, Love And Other Drugs, Defiance, The Last Samurai (Directors Branch) (Oscar Winner) (Academy Governor) (2011-2012 Board Of Governors Roster) (Academy 2010-2011 Annual Report) (TheHollywoodReporter 7/9/2014)
  36. Joel Zwick (Directors Branch) (June 2005 Academy Invitation List)
  37. Terry Zwigoff - Ghost World (Writers Branch) (Oscar Nominee)

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  1. I remember seeing Ziyi Zhang confirm her membership on her Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, when she gave predictions on this year's Oscars. Of course she didn't disclose her votes...

    1. Thanks A Recollector! I wasn't able to find a copy of the exact Weibo tweet (do they call them tweets?), but I did find a bio page that talks about it, so I've moved her to bold confirmed category.

  2. Rest In Peace Richard Zanuck - Producers Branch, Oscar Winner, Thalberg Award Recipient