They were first invited and now they are welcomed. The Academy invited a record 322 people in June to join its ranks. On Sept. 28, the Oscars organization welcomed those new members.
|The invitation-only reception was held at Montage Beverly Hills. Photo courtesy Montage.|
They were first invited and now they are welcomed.
The Academy invited a record 322 people in June to join its ranks. On Sept. 28, the Oscars organization welcomed those new members at an invitation-only reception at Montage Beverly Hills, a luxury hotel about a mile west of the Academy's Beverly Hills HQ.
Moments from the festivities were shared by the Academy on Snapchat:
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson (picture above) spoke to those in attendance, along with posing for pictures at a photo frame (see below).
More photos were shared via social media by various members:
Hey @TheAcademy, I don't even need the voting form. Put me down for 'Fury Road' in all categories. Even Documentary. pic.twitter.com/zg0MNPWA9Y— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 29, 2015
Last year, we celebrated 32 with the exciting announcement that #AshleyGrace was on her way. This year, we rang in 33 with #theacademy at a toast to all their new members, including my love @spellnospell. It's been a whirlwind year, and I know we couldn't have done it without the support of our dear friends and family. While I work on thanking each one of you individually, know that you are all loved. #academyofartsandsciences #teamspellman #happybirthdaytome
UPDATE (10/12): New York Reception
New members were also welcomed at a reception at Lincoln Ristorante on Oct. 5 in New York City.
New member actor Stephen Lang
New member casting director Patricia DiCerto
New members costumer designer Kaisa Walicka Maimone and producer Lydia Pilcher
Ellie Costa and new member writer E. Max Frye
“It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.”
Among the invitees were some of this year's Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Don Hall and Roy Conli of "Big Hero 6," along with nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Stone.
Musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Original Score Oscar winners for 2010's "The Social Network," were also invited.
Find the full list of those invited here.
See even more photos from the Academy's Tumblr post:
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.