J.Lo, Prince Among Surprise Oscar Vote Invitees
Though J.Lo has never been nominated for an Oscar, she's been invited to vote for 'em
Pop quiz: What do Jennifer Lopez, Danny Trejo, Chris Tucker, Mila Jovovich, and Lucy Liu all have in common?
Answer: They'll be voting for the Oscars next year (though none of them have ever been nominated for one).
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the folks best known for presenting the Academy Awards, announced Friday that 276 people have been invited to join the organization this year. That list includes J. Lo, the guy who plays Machete Cortez in "Machete Kills," Jackie Chan's sidekick in the "Rush Hour" movies, Alice from the "Resident Evil" flicks, and one third of Charlie's Angels.
Okay, so Prince did win an Oscar for Best Song back in 1985
Three actresses of note also received invitations to the Academy, but in recognition of their work off camera as writers. The lovely French star Julie Delpy co-wrote "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" with her co-star Ethan Hawke, as well as writing and directing "Two Days In New York" and "The Countess." Sarah Polley, who starred in "Go," "The Sweet Hereafter" and "My Life Without Me," has gone on to write and direct several celebrated independent features, including "Away From Her" and "Take This Waltz." And Lena Dunham, star of the controversial HBO series "Girls," wrote and directed a pair of indie features, "Tiny Furniture" and "Creative Nonfiction." (She also created "Girls" and has written and directed most of the show's run.)