Beyonce asked to join film academy
Beyonce Knowles, Russell Brand, David Duchovny and King's Speech director Tom Hooper have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The film academy said it has invited 178 film-industry workers to join its ranks this year.
Late documentary maker Tim Hetherington, who was nominated for an Oscar this year and then killed in Libya two months after the ceremony, was invited posthumously to join the academy.
Other invitees include actors Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner, Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page, The Kids Are All Right writer-director Lisa Cholodenko, writer Aaron Sorkin, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the academy's new chief operations officer, Ric Robertson.
The film academy has just under 6,000 voting members.