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Genevieve Nnaji, Akin Omotoso Named Members Of 2021 Oscar Committee

Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, and film director, Akin Omotoso, have been named as members of the 2020 class of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

This was disclosed in a statement released by the Academy, which organises the annual Oscar award, on Tuesday.

The Academy named 819 artistes and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Other notable artists include Cynthia Erivo, Zendaya, Eva Longoria, John David Washington, Ladj Ly, Bernie Taupin, Matthew A. Cherry, Florence Pugh and Awkwafina.

The 819 members will be allowed voting privileges at the upcoming Oscars, if they accept the invites.

The statement read: “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 819 artistes and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

“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.”

Genevieve accepted the invite, writing, “I’m honoured to be a member of the family. Thank you.”

Nnaji and Omotoso join an exclusive list of Nigerians who have been invited as members of the Academy.

Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Wunmi Mosaku, Femi Odugbemi and Ngozi Onwurah were in 2018 extended invites and they were also among artistes to determine winners of Oscar in 2019.

The 93rd edition of the Oscars is scheduled to hold on April 25, 2021, and nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021.

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