The Academy has released the list of 395 new members it is inviting for 2021, including recent Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn, who won the Supporting Actress award in April this year for her role in the film Minari. Joining her on the list of invitees are Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse), Steven Yeun (Minari), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Vanessa Kirby (Mission Impossible: Fallout), and Jesse Borego (Con Air), among others.
The list of 395 individuals invited this year is made up of artists and executives, 46% of which are women. 39% of it comes from underrepresented ethnic/ racial communities, while 53% are international, representing 49 countries outside of America.
Among the 395 invitees are 25 Oscar winners and 89 former nominees. The Oscar winners who are among the invitees include Dan Janvey, who won the best picture for Nomadland; Emerald Fennell, who won best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman; Michael Govier and Will McCormack, who won best animated short for “If Anything Happens I Love You”; and Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe, who won best live-action short for “Two Distant Strangers.”
Steven Yeun, Maria Bakalova, Jon Batiste, Andra Day, Kemp Powers, Vanessa Kirby, Darius Marder, Christina Oh, and Paul Raci are among the nominees who got invited this year. Yeun set the record as the first Asian-American, best actor nominee in the history of The Academy, a feat that adds a feather on the actor’s cap. Yeun was nominated for the award alongside Anthony Hopkins for The Father, Gary Oldman in Mank, Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal. This year, The Academy award was given to Hopkins.
In an interview with Variety last year, Yeun commented on the prospect of his nomination. “I’m happy to serve a larger moment for the community. And I’m happy to push narratives and show who we are because I am that, too. I am an Asian American, and the pride I have for that is immense. But also, for me, it’s really about carrying my space and myself through this life and making sure that I tell it true from my perspective. But it would be awesome, and I hope that we can have many more of those and that it won’t be an issue moving forward.”
In a published statement, The Academy also clarified that “Eight individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches. These individuals must select one branch upon accepting membership. To enable steady future growth and to ensure the necessary infrastructure, staff resources and environment to support all Academy members, the number invited to membership was limited to roughly half that of recent years. The Academy’s Board of Governors voted on branch-specific guidelines to be applied in determining this year’s new membership invitees. Oscar winners and nominees were considered without limitation by applicable branches. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2021.”
Among the categories of invitees are actors, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects, and writers.
To see the full list of nominees, visit The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ official website.