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Academy invites Foxx to join as member

Will Ferrell, Clive Owen also offered a chance at elite club
/ Source: The Associated Press

When “Ray” star Jamie Foxx won a best actor Oscar in February, he shouted out, “wow, wow, wow, wow!”

Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is offering him another wow-worthy honor: membership in the organization.

The Academy announced Friday that it has invited Foxx and 111 other notables within the film community to join in 2005.

That number, down from 150 in past years, represents the Academy’s new goal of selectivity to slow its growth, said spokesman John Pavlik.

This year’s crop spans the gamut from “Bewitched” comedian Will Ferrell to Mexican heartthrob Gael Garcia Bernal (“The Motorcycle Diaries”).

Thirty-three Oscar nominees were asked, including actors Clive Owen (“Closer”) and Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways”), actresses Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”), and screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Million Dollar Baby”).

Committees representing the Academy’s 14 branches, including film editors, producers and art directors, propose and vote on would-be members before leaving final say to the Board of Governors.

Oscar nominees, if not already a part of the Academy, are automatically considered, though not necessarily invited to join.

New members will be inducted into the Academy at an invitation-only reception Sept. 21.