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Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Invited To Join Film Academy

Source: Tehran Times

Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences besides other new members, international news agencies reported on Friday.

Asghar Farhadi received the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for "A Separation."

Farhadi and writer-director Michel Hazanavicius were each invited to join both the writer and director branches, the academy website reported.

The two writers and directors are among the 176 actors, film experts, directors, producers and executives invited to join the organization which oversees the Oscars.

Farhadi's "A Separation" won the foreign-language film Oscar this year. The movie had earlier won a Golden Globe and a French Cesar for best foreign film this year as well as Berlin's Golden Bear in 2011.

This year's class of invitees includes a hefty number of 2012 Oscar winners and nominees, including "The Artist" leads Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, producer Thomas Langmann and cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman; "Margin Call" writer J.C. Chandor; "Moneyball" actor Jonah Hill; "Bridesmaids" actress Melissa McCarthy; and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" editor Kirk Baxter.

The new members will be welcomed into the Academy at a reception in September.

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