The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has membership of more than 6,000 of the "most accomplished men and women working in cinema." These folks determine the Oscar winners (and losers for that matter) . Here's how you can become one:

  1. You must be a film artist or craftsperson working in one or more of the art form’s key creative areas
  2. Plus Your work must represent an unusually high level of quality and distinction.
  3. If you are a writer, producer, or director, you should have at least two screen credits on films that reflect the Academy’s highest standards
  4. If you are an actor, you should have performed scripted roles in at least three such films.
  5. Some branches (including Art Directors, Executives, Public Relations, Visual Effects and others) also expect new members to have worked in their fields for a certain number of years.
  6. Of course, your contributions to the motion picture industry might fall outside the 16 (actually 17) branch areas. If so, you may be considered to join as a Member-At-Large or as an Associate Member
  7. Only your contributions to theatrical motion pictures will be considered.
  8. You will automatically be considered for membership if you were nominated for an Academy Award for the previous year.
  9. If you win the support of two or more sponsors in your (prospective) branch, your proposal will be taken up by the appropriate committees. If approved, it would then be given a final evaluation by the Board of Governors.
  10. You must meet the criteria of the selected branches. There are 16 branches of the Academy.
  11. A candidate for membership must be sponsored by two members of the branch for which the person qualifies. One sponsor must request the proposal materials from the Academy's membership office.
  12. After you have completed the proposal card with two signatures, as well as contact information for the candidate, send the completed card with the letters of recommendation,
  13. Membership reviews take place once each year, in the spring.
  14. Each candidate must receive the favorable endorsement of the appropriate Branch Executive Committee before his or her name is submitted to the Board of Governors for final approval
  15. Please review the specific requirements of each of the 17 branches