Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne invited to join Academy

Los Angeles, June 28 (IANS) Actors Eddie Redmayne, Emma Stone and Dev Patel have been invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be its new members of 2015.

After adding 271 people last year, the Academy sent out invitations to more than 300 people this year. The list consist of Oscar winners, nominees, and other notable names in the industry.

The new list includes Redmayne, who won Best Actor this year for his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”; Emma Stone, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Birdman”; rapper Common who grabbed Best Original Song for his “Selma” soundtrack; and Patel, whose film “Slumdog Millionaire” won eight Oscars in 2009, reports aceshowbiz.com.

John Legend, who collaborated with Common in the “Selma” theme song “Glory”, is also among the invitees. Another new member in the music branch is Nine Inch Nails’ vocalist Trent Reznor who scored David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”.

Other actors in the new list include Elizabeth Banks, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Tom Hardy, Kevin Hart, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Chris Pine, Daniel Radcliffe, Jason Segel and J.K. Simmons.

The directors picked for this year’s invitees are James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious 6”), Edgar Wright (“The World’s End”), and Joe Wright (“Anna Karenina”).

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