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The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, has released the list of it's new members, with 819 invitees. This includes Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, Nigerian film director Akin Omotoso (“Tell Me Sweet Something“), and Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet“).

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Femi Odugbemi and Simon Onwurah became members of The Academy In 2018.

The list reflects the Academy’s A2020 goal of increasing the number of women and people of color in its membership. This was done in an effort to make its members more diverse, if all 819 invitees accept their invitations, 45% of the new members will be women and 36% are people of colour. International make-up is 49% from 68 countries.

The Academy president David Rubin said in a statement that, “the Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travellers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now”.

Its statement reads;

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 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries. There are 75 Oscar nominees, including 15 winners, and five recipients of Scientific and Technical Awards. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2020.

Other notable mentions include Ladj Ly, Bernie Taupin, Matthew A. Cherry, Florence Pugh, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Nora Lum better known as Awkwafina.
Genevieve accepted her invite on Twitter, saying;

I’m honored to be a member of the family. Thank you 
@TheAcademy !!

— Genevieve Nnaji MFR (@GenevieveNnaji1) July 1, 2020

If the remaining 818 members accept the invites, which will most probably be the case, members of the 2020 class will be allowed voting privileges at the upcoming Oscars.

The 93rd Oscars will now hold on April 25, 2021, two months later than the initial February date, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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