Becoming a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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Prior to opening the Good Health Medical Center in Hollywood, California, Dr. Aramais Paronyan received his MD at the Yerevan State Medical University and completed his residency at UC Irvine. Dr. Aramais Paronyan is also interested in the arts, and he coproduced an Armenian film titled If Only Every One, which was a candidate for best foreign language film at the 2013 Oscars.

The body of professionals who determine nominees and winners of the Oscars are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Becoming a member of the Academy involves fulfilling very particular requirements.

Members of the Academy must be exceptional in their respective fields, as determined by the Academy committee. Membership also requires achieving specific numbers of credits on a professional resume. For example, a writer or director must be credited with a minimum of two films, while actors must have three credited film roles in order to be considered for membership.

In the absence of the necessary credentials, two current members of the Academy can sponsor a potential member, who is then approved or denied by the Academy committee and Board of Governors. However, the simplest way to gain membership to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to be nominated for an Oscar, which grants automatic consideration for membership.