Top Hollywood names not among Oscar voters
By Alexis Zotos
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Taylor Lautner isn't a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Nor is Woody Allen. Nor is George Lucas.
But Rupert Murdoch is. And so are Pedro Almodovar and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Wade through a list of the Academy's 5,777 voting members (or at least try, since the Academy pretty much keeps it under lock and key) and you'd be surprised who's part of the club and who isn't.
Hollywood "bad boys" like screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, uber-agent Michael Ovitz and actor Christian Bale are all there. And so are obvious figures like Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates and Tom Hanks.
But some of Hollywood's best-known names haven't made the list, ranging from NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- who might seem an unlikely candidate with movies like "The Tooth Fairy," but who is, after all, a box office favorite.
Joining the Academy is a rare privilege that's accorded to roughly 100-plus new members per year. Members range from 15-year-old actress Dakota Fanning to 81-year-old composer Burt Bacharach, from German filmmaker Wim Wenders to Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston.
Invitations usually go out annually in late June, following a lengthy process that starts when two members "sponsor" a person and ends when the board of governors extends the invite. Continued...