Not Understanding Some of the Academy’s New Members


Well, as most of us know by now, the Academy is increasing the best picture nominees to 10. I think that’s kind of a joke. But now it seems their just letting more and more people into their Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Club.

Among the 134 actors, directors, producers, technicians, and executives invited to join the ranks of Hollywood’s elite Academy of Motion Picture Art & Sciences today were actors Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Emile Hirsch, Michelle Williams, and Casey Affleck, directors Rod Lurie and Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black — filmmakers known largely for their dramatic contributions who had earned awards season kudos, nominations, or Oscar wins last year. (See the full list below.) So is it surprising that the Academy extended invites to comedy performers like Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, and Madea Goes to Jail actor/director Tyler Perry?

I’m sorry but I still don’t even really know who Tyler Perry is. Can someone tell me? Isn’t that even the name for one of his shows? I know he’s a successful dude and I’ve read up on the man but come on now. And Michael Cera? Are you kidding me? The kid has done like 3 comedy movies and he’s now joining the ranks of people like Steven Spielberg and Al Pacino?

Isn’t this like the hall of fame for the Academy or something? I guess it’s not. Like not even remotely. The Academy is growing soft. And if I see one more movie get nominated because it’s “controversial” even though it has zero substance, and then WIN, I might just throw up on myself.

You can check out who else made the list here.


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