James McAvoy was among the 134 artists invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Those who were invited to join the Academy “have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2009 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.”
The Academy usually invites 166 members a year, and last year just 105 artists were invited to join. Those who accept will be added to the 2009 roster at an invitation-only September reception at the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills.