Academy Award nominee director Zaza Urushadze is among the 322 people who are invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Friday.
The 322 invitations are the most ever given out since the Academy began announcing the names of its invitees more than a decade ago.
The Directors Branch, as has been its habit in recent years, devoted more than half its 26 invitations to foreign-born directors, including Morten Tyldum, Bong Joon-ho, Francois Ozon and the five directors whose films were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the last Oscars: Pawel Pawlikowski (“Ida”), Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu”), Damian Szifron (“Wild Tales”), Zaza Urushadze (“Tangerines”) and Andrey Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”).
Those who receive invitations from more than one branch must choose a single branch to join, though they can vote in other categories if they have been nominated in those categories.
In the past, restrictions were placed on the number of new members, with the idea of keeping the voting membership of the Academy under 6,000. But the Board of Governors eliminated the restrictions in 2013 in order to open up Academy membership, and the number of invitations increased from around 175 each year to around 275.
See the full list of 2015 invitees to the Film Academy here.