Academy Membership


Academy membership is limited to film artists working in the production of theatrically-released motion pictures.  The Academy has 17 branches, for the crafts ranging from Actors to Writers, and the Members-at-Large category, to accommodate individuals who work in motion picture production but do not fit into one of the branches.

The requirements for each branch and category can be found by clicking here.


The Academy’s membership process is by sponsorship, not application.  Candidates must be sponsored by two Academy members from the branch to which the candidate seeks admission.

Additionally, Academy Award nominees are automatically considered for membership and do not require sponsors.

Nominees and sponsored candidates are reviewed by branch committees and recommendations for membership are considered by the Academy’s Board of Governors.  The Board decides which individuals will receive invitations.

Membership review takes place once a year, in the spring.  The current cycle deadline for candidates is January 7, 2022.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global organization, representing the best of an international art form, and has members in countries all over the world. 


Sponsoring a candidate for membership in the Academy is a serious commitment.  Please make sure you are confident the candidate has truly “demonstrated exceptional achievement in the field of theatrical motion pictures” before you agree to sponsor an individual.

It is important to be familiar with the admission criteria of your branch (or category, if you are sponsoring someone as a Member-at-Large).  Click here for branch and category requirements. 

Please note:

  • A member may sponsor only one candidate per membership cycle
  • Candidates for branch membership must be sponsored by members of the branch in question.  Members-at-Large may be sponsored by any two members, from any branch.  Members-at-Large may only sponsor Members-at-Large.


A candidate for membership must be sponsored by two members of the branch for which the individual qualifies. One sponsor should initiate the sponsorship process on the Academy Member Portal. Please review your branch’s requirements before submitting a candidate for consideration.

After the two sponsors have completed the online process, the proposed candidate will receive an email requesting additional information. Once completed, the Member Relations and Awards Department will be in touch if any additional information is required.

Membership reviews take place once a year, in the spring.  The current cycle deadline is January 7, 2022.

Each candidate who receives a favorable endorsement from the appropriate Branch Executive Committee will be submitted to the Board of Governors for final approval and invitation to membership.