Joining the Motion Picture Academy is seen by many as one of the world's most exclusive and prestigious memberships, an elite recognition in a profession that is admired and envied the world over. For others, not so much.
Membership invitations went out to a list of 774 industry professionals released by
Among the most famous known to decline an academy membership over the years are Oscar winners
He was first invited to join in 2004, after starring in the Oscar-winning "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and declined. Mortensen was subsequently nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for "Eastern Promises," and was nominated again this year for his role in "Captain Fantastic" as a father with unconventional ideas about parenting.
He was once again among the academy invitees on Wednesday morning. A spokesperson for Mortensen said the actor will accept this time, but declined to offer any further statement. In a 2012 article in The Times, a representative for Mortensen explained his previous decision not to accept the membership by saying, "Viggo does not like judging art officially."
Last year after filmmaker
Among those known to have declined membership, none stands out quite like four-time Oscar-winner Allen. As previously reported by The Times, over several years, the academy sent Allen numerous invitations to join but he never responded.
Finally, then-academy President Karl Malden mailed Allen a letter promising that if the filmmaker made a sizable donation to the academy's fundraising effort for its library, the group would leave him alone. Allen is said to have replied with a check within a week.
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