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Nigerian actress nominated as Oscars’ voting member

Nigerian Actress, Genevieve Nnaji has been nominated to the Academy as an OSCAR ACADEMY AWARDS’ voting member.

The appointment which was announced on Tuesday to the Actress through a Tweet on social media, Twitter to be precise, noted that 819 persons have been nominated to join its voting team for 2020.

In a statement by the organization, this year’s class will constitute 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries.

The statement said, there are 75 Oscar nominees, which includes 15 winners, and five recipients of Scientific and Technical Awards.

It added that those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2020.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures, the statement from the Academy read”, the statement said.

Genevieve Nnaji said after the list was announced that she was honored to be a member of the family.

The Academy CEO, Dawn Hudson said “We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one.”

“We are committed to staying the course. We look forward to continuing to foster an Academy that reflects the world around us in our membership, our programs, our new Museum, and in our awards.”

Background

In 2016, the Academy set specific inclusion goals as part of its A2020 initiative to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities by 2020.

By Agnes Melissa Yovo | talksafrica.com 

 

 

 

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