Eddie Vedder could have a say in who picks up one of next year’s Oscars. The Pearl Jam frontman is one of 271 artists and executives who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He’s among the 12 people who got the invite from the Academy’s music branch along with Pharrell Williams and this year’s music-related Oscar winners – Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won the Best Original Song award for “Let It Go,” and composer Steven Price, who nabbed the Best Original Score honor for his work on Gravity.
As Billboard points out, AMPAS invitations are extended to people the Academy feels have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. And while Vedder has never earned an Oscar nod during his storied career, he has made his mark on a number of film soundtracks including Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam, A Brokedown Melody, Body of War, and Reign Over Me. He also recorded an entire album of songs for 2007’s Into the Wild – a record that served as his solo debut, as well. Vedder won a Best Original Song Golden Globe for the Into the Wild track “Guaranteed,” and also earned a nomination for Best Original Score.
He also recently connected himself to an Oscar-winning tune when he slipped a snippet of “Let It Go” into the Pearl Jam classic “Daughter” at the band’s show in Milan. But that wasn’t part of Vedder’s campaign to earn a spot in the Academy. The rocker’s close friend Tom Tomorrow has since explained via Twitter that Eddie covered the track because his five-year-old daughter asked him to. And Tomorrow adds that Vedder would like everyone to know that his daughter sings it better.
Vedder and the rest of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s invitees will be official welcomed this September at an invitation-only reception.