2009 New Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Membersby dan_dassow | created - 02 Jan 2013 | updated - 04 Aug 2013 | Public
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 134 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2009 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.
Academy Invites 134 to Membership Beverly Hills, CA (June 30, 2009) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Also see: New Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Members 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Board of Governors 2012–2013 2013–2014
Actor | Manchester by the Sea
An accomplished and striking performer, Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck has established himself as a powerful leading man with performances in multiple projects.
Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and ...
Actors: Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Gone Baby Gone
2. Emily Blunt
Actress | Edge of Tomorrow
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.
Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...
Actors: Emily Blunt – Sunshine Cleaning, The Devil Wears Prada
3. Michael Cera
Actor | Superbad
Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. His mother, Linda, who is from Quebec, has English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, and his father, Luigi Cera, is Sicilian. Michael is the middle child between two sisters. He was educated at Conestoga...
Actors: Michael Cera – Juno, Superbad
4. Viola Davis
Actress | Fences
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...
Actors: Viola Davis – Doubt, State of Play
5. James Franco
Actor | 127 Hours
Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California, to Betsy Franco, a writer, artist, and actress, and Douglas Eugene "Doug" Franco, who ran a Silicon Valley business. His mother is Jewish and his father was of ...
Actors: James Franco – Milk, Spider-Man
Actor | The Guard
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high ...
Actors: Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges, Mission: Impossible II
Actress | Les Misérables
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series ...
Actors: Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married, The Princess Diaries
Actress | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005).
Actors: Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hustle & Flow
9. Emile Hirsch
Actor | Into the Wild
Emile Davenport Hirsch was born in Palms, California, to Margaret Esther (Davenport), a teacher and visual artist, and David M. Hirsch, an entrepreneur and producer. He grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and having been introduced to acting while still at school, he got his first ...
Actors: Emile Hirsch – Into the Wild, Lords of Dogtown
10. Hugh Jackman
Actor | Les Misérables
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...
Actors: Hugh Jackman – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Prestige
11. Melissa Leo
Actress | The Fighter
Melissa Chessington Leo is an American actress. She is known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 2010 film The Fighter (2010). She was born on September 14, 1960, in New York City. Leo starred as the mother of boxer Micky Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. ...
Actors: Melissa Leo – Frozen River, 21 Grams
12. Jane Lynch
Actress | Glee
Jane Lynch was born on July 14, 1960 in Dolton, Illinois, USA as Jane Marie Lynch. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Role Models (2008). She was previously married to Lara Embry.
Actors: Jane Lynch – Role Models, The 40 Year-Old Virgin
13. Eddie Marsan
Actor | Happy-Go-Lucky
Eddie Marsan was born in Stepney, East London, to a lorry driver father and a school employee mother, and raised in Bethnal Green. He served an apprenticeship as a printer before becoming an actor twenty years ago. During this time he has worked with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, ...
Actors: Eddie Marsan – Happy-Go-Lucky, The Illusionist
14. James McAvoy
Actor | Split
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He ...
Actors: James McAvoy – Atonement, The Last King of Scotland
15. Seth Rogen
Actor | This Is the End
An actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen.
Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profits. His father is American-born and his mother is Canadian. He is of Russian...
Actors: Seth Rogen – Monsters vs. Aliens, Knocked Up
16. Paul Rudd
Actor | Ant-Man
Paul Stephen Rudd was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His parents, Michael and Gloria, both from Jewish families, were born in the London area, U.K. He has one sister, who is three years younger than he is. Paul traveled with his family during his early years, because of his father's airline job at ...
Actors: Paul Rudd – I Love You, Man, Knocked Up
17. Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan was born on May 3, 1969 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski. She is an actress, known for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Gone Baby Gone (2007) and Escape Plan (2013). She has been married to Eric Slovin since August 23, 2011. They ...
Actors: Amy Ryan – Changeling, Gone Baby Gone
18. Michael Shannon
Actor | Midnight Special
Michael Corbett Shannon was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Geraldine Hine, a lawyer, and Donald Sutherlin Shannon, an accounting professor at DePaul University. His grandfather was entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.
Shannon began his professional stage career in Chicago. His ...
Actors: Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Actress | Blue Valentine
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was ...
Actors: Michelle Williams – Wendy and Lucy, Brokeback Mountain
20. Jeffrey Wright
Actor | Shaft
Born and raised in Washington DC, Wright graduated from Amherst College in 1987. Although he studied Political Science while at Amherst, Wright left the school with a love for acting. Shortly after graduating he won an acting scholarship to NYU, but dropped out after only two months to pursue ...
Actors: Jeffrey Wright – Quantum of Solace, W.
Animators: J.J. Blumenkranz – Monster House, The Polar Express
Director | Mi ne mozhem zhit bez kosmosa
Konstantin Bronzit was born on April 12, 1965 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR as Konstantin Eduardovich Bronzit. He is a director and writer, known for We Can't Live Without Cosmos (2014), Lavatory Lovestory (2007) and Au bout du monde (1999).
Animators: Konstantin Bronzit – Lavatory-Lovestory, The Cat and the Fox
23. Kendal Cronkhite
Production_designer | Trolls
Animators: Kendal Cronkhite – Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Antz
Animation_department | The Road to El Dorado
Animators: Rodolphe Guenoden – Kung Fu Panda, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
25. Byron Howard
Director | Zootopia
Animators: Byron Howard – Bolt, Lilo & Stitch
26. Kunio Kato
Director | Tsumiki no ie
Animators: Kunio Kato – La Maison en Petits Cubes
27. Doug Sweetland
Director | Storks
Douglas Sweetland is an American animator/director, he grew up watching Disney films and classic Saturday morning cartoons. As a child, Doug drew cartoons for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts for several years. After graduating high school in 1992, Doug opted to attend California ...
Animators: Doug Sweetland – Presto, The Incredibles
28. Chris Williams
Animation_department | Frozen
Chris Williams was born on April 23, 1968 in Missouri, USA as Christopher John Williams. He is known for his work on Frozen (2013), Big Hero 6 (2014) and Moana (2016). He has been married to Astrid Sealey since July 10, 2004. They have two children.
Animators: Chris Williams – Bolt, Chicken Little
Art_director | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Andrew Ackland-Snow was born on April 15, 1961 in the UK. He is known for his work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Art Directors: Andrew Ackland-Snow – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Notting Hill
At-Large: Matthew D. Loeb
31. Redmond Morris
Producer | The Book Thief
Redmond Morris was born on January 26, 1947 in Dublin, Ireland as George Redmond Fitzpatrick Morris. He is a producer and assistant director, known for The Book Thief (2013), The Reader (2008) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006).
At-Large: Redmond Morris
32. John Papsidera
Casting_director | Jurassic World
John Papsidera is known for his work on Jurassic World (2015).
Casting Directors: Bernie Telsey – Sex and the City, Across the Universe
33. Bernard Telsey
Casting_director | The Greatest Showman
Casting Directors: Bernie Telsey – Sex and the City, Across the Universe
Cinematographer | Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Russ T. Alsobrook was born on September 2, 1946 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Russ Thomas Alsobrook. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Superbad (2007) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009).
Cinematographers: Russ T. Alsobrook – Paul Blart Mall Cop, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Cinematographer | Slumdog Millionaire
Cinematographers: Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire, The Last King of Scotland
36. Henner Hofmann
Cinematographer | La leyenda de una máscara
Cinematographers: Henner Hofmann – Ave Maria, La Leyenda de una Mascara (The Legend of the Mask)
37. Claudio Miranda
Cinematographer | Life of Pi
Cinematographers: Claudio Miranda – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Failure to Launch
38. Rodney Taylor
Camera_department | The Host
Cinematographers: Rodney Taylor – Save Me, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France
39. Mandy Walker
Cinematographer | Hidden Figures
Cinematographers: Mandy Walker – Australia, Shattered Glass
40. Deborah Hopper
Costume_designer | Changeling
Costume Designers: Deborah Hopper – Changeling, Million Dollar Baby
Costume_designer | X-Men
Costume Designers: Louise Mingenbach – The Hangover, Superman Returns
42. Michael O'Connor
Costume_designer | The Duchess
Costume Designers: Michael O’Connor – The Duchess, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Costume_designer | American Hustle
Costume Designers: Michael Wilkinson – Watchmen, Babel
44. Rachid Bouchareb
Director | Cheb
Directors: Rachid Bouchareb – Days of Glory, Dust of Life
45. Danny Boyle
Director | 127 Hours
Directors: Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine
46. David Frankel
Director | The Devil Wears Prada
Directors: David Frankel – Marley & Me, The Devil Wears Prada
47. Rod Lurie
Writer | Nothing But the Truth
Talented film critic-turned-director who burst onto the scene in late 2000 with his hotly debated political thriller The Contender (2000). That film launched Lurie into the spot of filmmakers-to-watch and stood out amongst a year's worth of mindless and politically empty films. Born in Israel, ...
Directors: Rod Lurie – Nothing but the Truth, The Contender
48. Tom McCarthy
Producer | Win Win
Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director.
Directors: Thomas McCarthy – The Visitor, The Station Agent
49. Tyler Perry
Writer | Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Perry was born and raised in New Orleans, to Willie Maxine (Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr. His mother was a church-goer and took Perry along with her once a week. His father was a carpenter and they had a very strained and abusive relationship, which led Perry to suffer from depression as a ...
Directors: Tyler Perry – Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Madea’s Family Reunion
50. Henry Selick
Director | Coraline
Henry Selick is a film director, specializing in films with stop-motion animation. He has formal training as an animator.
Selick was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, son of Charles H. Selick and Melanie Molan. He was mostly raised Rumson, New Jersey. As a child, Selick took up drawing as a hobby. He ...
Directors: Henry Selick – Coraline, Monkeybone
51. William Gazecki
Editor | The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
Documentary: William Gazecki – Crop Circles: Quest for Truth, Waco: The Rules of Engagement
52. Rachel Grady
Director | The Boys of Baraka
Documentary: Rachel Grady – Jesus Camp, The Boys of Baraka
53. Rory Kennedy
Producer | American Hollow
Rory Kennedy was born on December 12, 1968 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy. She is a producer and director, known for American Hollow (1999), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007) and Last Days in Vietnam (2014). She has been married to Mark Bailey since August 2,...
Documentary: Rory Kennedy – Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, A Boy’s Life
Director | OT: Our Town
Academy Award® nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor. He has worked on everything from documentary and scripted film with legends like Roger Corman, directed music videos like Jimmy Cliff's international hit "I Can See Clearly Now," to commercials, ...
Documentary: Scott Hamilton Kennedy – The Garden, OT: Our Town
55. James Marsh
Director | The Theory of Everything
Documentary: James Marsh – Man on Wire, Wisconsin Death Trip
56. Megan Mylan
Producer | Lost Boys of Sudan
Documentary: Megan Mylan – Smile Pinki, Lost Boys of Sudan
57. Doug Pray
Editor | The Defiant Ones
Doug Pray is best known as a director of feature documentary films about American subcultures and maverick individuals. He has also directed short films and documentary-style commercials for a wide range of major clients and causes. The youngest of four boys, Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and ...
Documentary: Doug Pray – Surfwise, Scratch
58. Daniel Battsek
Producer | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Executives: Daniel D.A. Battsek
62. Erik Feig
Producer | Escape Plan
Executives: Erik Feig
63. Paul Hanneman
Executives: Paul Hanneman
66. Roger Barton
Editor | Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Roger Barton began working in editorial on documentaries and made-for-TV movies including the Emmy award-winning "Indictment: The McMartin Trial." He soon made the transition to motion pictures and in 1997 was an Associate Editor on the decade's biggest blockbuster, "Titanic."
He quickly moved up ...
Film Editors: Roger Barton – Speed Racer, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
67. Hank Corwin
Editor | Vice
Hank Corwin is an Academy Award nominated film editor and additional editor who worked with several directors such as Oliver Stone, Adam McKay, Terrence Malick and Robert Redford, just to mention a few names. Sharp, fast-paced and innovative in his techniques, Corwin's ability to create the exact ...
Film Editors: Hank Corwin – What Just Happened, The New World
68. Chris Dickens
Editor | Slumdog Millionaire
Film Editors: Chris Dickens – Slumdog Millionaire, Shaun of the Dead
69. Elliot Graham
Editor | Milk
Film Editors: Elliot Graham – Milk, Superman Returns
Film Editors: Kathryn Himoff – Appaloosa, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
71. Leo Trombetta
Editor | True Detective
Film Editors: Leo Trombetta – Little Children, Northfork
72. Brent White
Editor | A Simple Favor
Film Editors: Brent White – Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Live Action Short Films: Reto Caffi – Auf der Strecke (On the Line), Leos Freunde
Producer | Spielzeugland
Live Action Short Films: Jochen Alexander Freydank – Spielzeugland (Toyland), Dienst (Duty)
76. Carter Pilcher
Carter founded Shorts International in 2000. Coming from a background in both investment banking and law, Carter has made Shorts International the world's leading short movie entertainment company, functioning as distributor, broadcaster and producer. Carter has extensive experience in short movie ...
Live Action Short Films: F. Carter Pilcher – The Dreaming, Bitter
77. Howard Berger
Make_up_department | Lone Survivor
Makeup and Hairstylists: Howard Berger – Seven Pounds, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
78. Mike Elizalde
Costume_department | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mike Elizalde was born in Mazatlan Sinaloa, Mexico in 1960 and immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was five years old. Mike first became interested in monsters and creature effects as a young child watching films like Frankenstein and The Creature From the Black Lagoon. With ...
Makeup and Hairstylists: Mike Elizalde – Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer
79. Louis Lazzara
Make_up_department | The Negotiator
Makeup and Hairstylists: Louis Lazzara – Race to Witch Mountain, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
80. Gerald Quist
Make_up_department | Star Trek: The Next Generation
One of 134 people invited to join AMPAS in 2009.
Makeup and Hairstylists: Gerald Quist – Tropic Thunder, The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause
81. Jeff Danna
Composer | The Good Dinosaur
Music: Jeff Danna – Lakeview Terrace, Fracture
82. Andrew Dorfman
Music_department | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Music: Andrew Dorfman – Baby Mama, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
83. Peter Gabriel
Soundtrack | WALL·E
Peter Gabriel was educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey, England. He was the lead singer of leading progressive rock band Genesis from its inception until he left in 1975 for a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter, soundtrack composer and innovator in visual presentation of music, music ...
Music: Peter Gabriel – WALL-E, Philadelphia
84. Clint Mansell
Composer | Black Swan
Music: Clint Mansell – The Wrestler, The Fountain
85. A.R. Rahman
Composer | Slumdog Millionaire
A two-time winner and five-times nominee of the Academy Award (Oscar), A. R. Rahman is popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music. Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprising of music from more than 100 film ...
Music: A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
86. Mark Ciardi
Producer | The Rookie
Producers: Mark Ciardi – The Game Plan, The Rookie
87. Christian Colson
Producer | Slumdog Millionaire
Producers: Christian Colson – Slumdog Millionaire, The Descent
88. Gordon Gray
Producer | The Rookie
Producers: Gordon Gray – Invincible, Miracle
Producer | Blade Runner 2049
Producers: Broderick Johnson – One Missed Call; P.S. I Love You
90. Cathy Konrad
Producer | Walk the Line
Producers: Cathy Konrad – 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line
91. Andrew A. Kosove
Producer | Blade Runner 2049
Producers: Andrew Kosove – Racing Stripes, Dude, Where’s My Car?
92. James Lassiter
Producer | Seven Pounds
Producers: James Lassiter – Hancock, Lakeview Terrace
93. Russell Smith
Producer | Juno
Russell Smith was born on April 21, 1954 in Springfield, Illinois, USA as Russell Alan Smith. He is a producer, known for Juno (2007), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998).
Producers: Russell Smith – Juno, The Libertine
94. Paula Wagner
Producer | Mission: Impossible
Paula Wagner has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, film producer, and studio executive. She develops and produces film, theatre, and television projects through her production company Chestnut Ridge Productions (CRP).
Wagner began her career as an agent at ...
Producers: Paula Wagner – Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible
Production_designer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Production Designers: Donald Graham Burt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac
Production Designers: Michael Carlin – The Duchess, In Bruges
97. Jane Ann Stewart
Production_designer | The Descendants
Production Designers: Jane Ann Stewart – The Savages, Sideways
98. Kevin Thompson
Production_designer | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Production Designers: Kevin Thompson – Duplicity, Michael Clayton
99. Mike Camp
Public Relations: Michael D. Camp
100. Mark Cohen
Public Relations: Marc Cohen