Natasha Lyonne and 11 More Stars We’re Shocked Weren’t Already Members

It’s become a tradition every year when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences invites its new members that we pour through the list of stars and Hollywood legends and look in amazement at how many big names were somehow not already part of the Oscars club.

This year, the Academy invited 819 new members, including a 2020 class that’s 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and 49% international from 68 countries.

The diversity is always welcome, and the Academy has done loads in recent years to attempt to diversify its ranks. In fact, we count 10 different actors and below-the-line crew members involved with the Best Picture winner “Parasite” joining the Academy this year. And other emerging stars like Awkwafina, Zendaya, Zazie Beetz, Brian Tyree Henry, Cynthia Erivo and more are all among those who will vote on the upcoming Oscars.

But then there are those that haven’t been kicking around the industry for years and are only now getting their due? Olivia Wilde just made her debut film with “Booksmart” last year, but her invitation just now certainly caught us off guard. Then there’s Natasha Lyonne, a mainstay of the Emmys with shows like “Orange is the New Black” and “Russian Doll” who is only popping up on the movie stage now after appearing in last year’s “Honey Boy” and this year’s “Irresistible.” And it took a scene-stealing moment in “The Irishman” for Bobby Cannavale to get his invite.

And that’s just actors. Elton John has already been a member, but Bernie Taupin is only joining now? Also in the music branch, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. got an invite, as did buzzy rock and indie artists like Bryce Dessner of The National and Devonté “Blood Orange” Hynes.

In the directing branch, newcomers like Ari Aster, Lulu Wang and Alma Har’el got invites, but then so did “Kick-Ass” and “Layer Cake” director Matthew Vaughn, “Planet of the Apes” and “The Batman” director Matt Reeves and “Still Alice” director Wash Westmoreland.

Take a look at some of the other surprising names that jumped out at us below.

Wait, they weren’t already members?:

Bobby Cannavale – “The Irishman,” “The Station Agent” (Actors)
Tyne Daly – “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (Actors)
Eva Longoria – “Overboard,” “Harsh Times” (Actors)
Natasha Lyonne – “Honey Boy,” “American Pie” (Actors)
Olivia Wilde – “Meadowland,” “Rush” (Actors)
Constance Wu – “Hustlers,” “Crazy Rich Asians” (Actors)
Matt Reeves – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield” (Directors)
Matthew Vaughn – “Kick-Ass,” “Layer Cake” (Directors)
Wash Westmoreland – “Still Alice,” “Quinceañera” (Directors)
Larry Mullen Jr. – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Man on the Train” (Music)
Bernie Taupin – “Rocketman,” “Brokeback Mountain” (Music)
Ryan Murphy – “A Secret Love,” “Running with Scissors” (Producers)

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  • Richard Rodgers, composer (1902-1979) 
    Emmy: Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed, “Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years” (1962) 
    Grammy: Best Show Album, “The Sound of Music” (1960); Best Original Cast Show Album, “No Strings” (1962) 
    Oscar: Best Song, “It Might As Well Be Spring” from “State Fair” (1945) 
    Tony: three for “South Pacific” (1950); one each for “The King and I” (1952), “The Sound of Music” (1960) and “No Strings” (1962)

  • Helen Hayes, actress (1900 – 1993) 
    Emmy: Best Actress, “Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: Not a Chance” (1953) 
    Grammy: Best Spoken Word Recording, “Great American Documents” (1977) 
    Oscar: Best Actress, “The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1932); Best Supporting Actress, “Airport” (1970) 
    Tony: Best Actress in a Drama, “Happy Birthday” (1947); Best Actress in a Drama, “Time Remembered” (1958)


  • Rita Moreno, actress (1931 -) 
    Emmy: Supporting Actress, Variety or Music, “The Muppet Show” (1977); Lead Actress for Single Appearance in a Comedy or Drama, “The Rockford Files” (1978) 
    Grammy: Best Recording for Children, “The Electric Compan” (1972) 
    Oscar: Best Supporting Actress, “West Side Story” (1961) 
    Tony: Best Supporting Actress in a Play, “The Ritz” (1975)

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  • John Gielgud, actor (1904 – 2000) 
    Emmy: Best Actor in a Miniseries or Special, “Summer’s Lease (1991) 
    Grammy: Best Spoken World Album, “Ages of Man” (1979) 
    Oscar: Best Supporting Actor, “Arthur” (1981) 
    Tony: Outstanding Foreign Company, “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1948); Best Director of a Drama, “Big Fish, Little Fish” (1961)

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  • Audrey Hepburn, actress (1929 – 1993) 
    Emmy: Best Individual Achievement, Informational Programming, “Gardens of the World With Audrey Hepburn” (1993) 
    Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album for Children, “Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales” (1994) 
    Oscar: Best Actress, “Roman Holiday” (1953) 
    Tony: Best Actress in a Drama, “Ondine” (1954)

  • Marvin Hamlisch, composer (1944–2012) 
    Emmy: Four awards, two for work on “Barbra: The Concert” (1995) and one each for “AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies” (1999) and “Timeless: Live in Concert” (2001) 
    Grammy: Four awards in 1974, including Best New Artist, Song of the Year (“The Way We Were”), Best Album of the Original Score (“The Way We Were”) and Best Pop Instrumental Performance (“The Entertainer”) 
    Oscar: Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Song, “The Way We Were” (1973) and Best Adapted Score, “The Sting” (1973) 
    Tony: Best Musical Score, “A Chorus Line” (1976)

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  • Jonathan Tunick, music director and composer (1938 – ) 
    Emmy: Music Direction, “Night of 100 Stars” (1982) 
    Grammy: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals, Cleo Laine’s “No One Is Alone” (1988) 
    Oscar: Best Adapted Score, “A Little Night Music” (1977) 
    Tony: Best Orchestrations, “Titanic” (1977)

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  • Mel Brooks, performer, writer and director (1926 – ) 
    Emmy: Best Writing in Variety, “The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special” (1967); three awards for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy, “Mad About You” (1997-99) 
    Grammy: Best Spoken Comedy Album, “The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000” (1998); Best Long-Form Music Video, “Recording ‘The Producers'” (2002); Best Musical Show Album, “The Producers” (2002) 
    Oscar: Best Original Screenplay, “The Producers” (1968) 
    Tony: Best Musical, Original Score and Book of a Musical, “The Producers” (2001)

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  • Mike Nichols, performer, director and producer (1931 – 2014) 
    Emmy: Best Director of Miniseries, Movie or Special, “Wit” (2001); Best Made for Television Movie, “Wit” (2001); Best Directing of Miniseries, Movie or Special, “Angels in America” (2004); Best Miniseries, “Angels in America” (2004) 
    Grammy: Best Comedy Performance, “An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May” (1961) 
    Oscar: Best Director, “The Graduate” (1967) 
    Tony: Best Director of a Play, “Barefoot in the Park” (1964), “Luv” and “The Odd Couple” (1965), “Plaza Suite” (1968), “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” (1972), “The Real Thing” (1984), “Death of a Salesman” (2012); Best Musical, “Annie” (1977); Best Play, “The Real Thing” (1984); Best Director of a Musical, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (2005)

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  • Whoopi Goldberg, performer and producer (1955 – )
    Emmy: Best Special Class Special, “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel” (2002); Best Talk Show Host, “The View” (2009) 
    Grammy: Best Comedy Recording, “Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording” (1985) 
    Oscar: Best Supporting Actress, “Ghost” (1990) 
    Tony: Best Musical (producing), “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2002)


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  • Scott Rudin, producer (1958 – ) 
    Emmy: Best Children’s Program, “He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'” (1984) 
    Grammy: Best Musical Theater Album, “The Book of Mormon” (2012) 
    Oscar: Best Picture, “No Country for Old Men” (2007)
    Tony: 12 awards, for producing musicals “Passion” (1994) and “The Book of Mormon” (2012) and the plays “Copenhagen” (2000), “Doubt” (2005), “The History Boys” (2006), “God of Carnage” (2009), “Fences” (2010), “Death of a Salesman” (2012), “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (2015), “Skylight” (2015), “The Humans” (2016) and “A View From the Bridge” (2016)


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  • Robert Lopez, composer (1975 – ) 
    Emmy: Best Music Direction and Composition, “Wonder Pets” (2008, 2010) 
    Grammy: Best Musical Theater Album, “The Book of Mormon” (2012); Best Compilation Soundtrack, “Frozen” (2015), Best Song for Visual Media, “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (2015) 
    Oscar: Best Original Song, “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (2014) 
    Tony: Best Score, “Avenue Q” (2004); Best Score and Best Book of a Musical, “The Book of Mormon” (2011)

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  • John Legend, songwriter and producer (1978-) 

    Emmy: Outstanding Live Variety Special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”

    Grammy: Best New Artist (2005); Best R&B Album, “Get Lifted” (2005); Best R&B Vocal, “Ordinary People” (2005); Best Male R&B Vocal, “Heaven” (2006); Best R&B Duo or Group, “Family Affair” (2006); Best R&B Vocal or Group, “Stay With Me by the Sea” (2008); Best R&B Album, “Wake Up!” (2010); Best R&B Song, “Shine” (2010); Best R&B Vocal, “Hang On in There” (2010); Best Song Written for Visual Medium, “Glory” (2015) 

    Oscar: Best Original Song, “Glory” from “Selma (2014) 

    Tony: Producer of Best Play Revival, “August Wilson’s Jitney” (2017)

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer and producer (1948-) 

    Emmy: Outstanding Live Variety Special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” 

    Grammy: Best Cast Album, “Evita” (1980); Best Cast Album, “Cats” (1983); Best Contemporary Composition, “Lloyd Webber: Requiem” (1985) 

    Oscar: Best Original Song, “You Must Love Me” from “Evita” (1996) 

    Tony: Best Score, “Evita” (1980); Best Score, “Cats” (1983); Best Score, “Sunset Boulevard” (1995)

  • Tim Rice, lyricist and producer (1944-) 

    Emmy: Outstanding Live Variety Special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”

    Grammy: Best Cast Album, “Evita” (1980); Song of the Year and Song for Film or TV, “A Whole New World” (1993); Best Album for Children, “Aladdin” (1993); Best Cast Album, “Aida” (2000) 

    Oscar: Best Original Song, “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” (1992); “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King” (1994); “You Must Love Me” from “Evita” (1996) 

    Tony: Best Book and Best Score, “Evita” (1980); Best Score, “Aida” (2000)

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