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Prince, J-Lo among Oscars Academy invitees

30 june 2013, 09:59
US pop veteran Prince and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez are among the artists invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS),AFP reports citing the body which runs the Oscars announcement.

Lucy Liu, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and British actress Emily Mortimer were also among 276 new members invited to join the film industry's most prestigious club, as was veteran French actress Emmanuelle Riva.

Directors invited include Benh Zeitlin, who made last year's Oscar-nominated "Beasts of the Southern Wild," and Todd Phillips, of the blockbuster "Hangover" movies, the last of which came out in May.

"These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Hawk Koch, head of the Academy, which has some 6,000 members who vote annually for the Oscars, the climax of Hollywood's awards season.

"Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide. I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy," he added.

Other actors invited include Chris Tucker ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Rebecca Hall ("Iron Man 3"), Sandra Oh ("Sideways"), Milla Jovovich ("Chaplin") and Jason Schwartzman ("Moonrise Kingdom").

"Purple Rain" star Prince was invited with other fellow musicians, including Ramiro Belgardt ("Star Trek Into Darkness"), Jennifer Dunnington ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"), and Aaron Lael Zigman ("Sex and the City").

The new members, in categories including everything from cinematographers and producers to make-up artists and publicists, "have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures," said the Academy.

The new members will be welcomed into the Beverly Hills-based Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

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