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Stars Invited To Join Oscars Organization

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Jul 01, 2009 | 2:58am EDT

Heath Ledger's ex-girlfriend Michelle WilliamsCasey Affleck and Emily Blunt are among the 134 stars and filmmakers who have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the organization behind the Oscars.

The celebrities, executives and behind-the-scenes experts invited to become a part of the Academy Awards will be able to vote for the winners of the 2010 prizegiving in March.

Academy President Sid Ganis says, "These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world. It’s this kind of talent and creativity that make up the Academy, and I welcome each of them to our ranks."

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.

Other invitees include Michael Cera, 2009 Oscar nominees Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis, James FrancoAnne Hathaway and 2009 Oscars host Hugh Jackman.

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