Genevieve Nnaji and Akin Omotoso will join the Academy’s membership class selected from 68 countries. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invites to 819 film influencers from across the globe.
In a new statement released by the Academy, the 819 invitees from 68 countries include Nigeria’s Genevieve Nnaji and Akin Omotoso among other artists and executives selected for their immense contribution to a theatrical motion picture.
Other notable mentions include Cynthia Erivo, Ladj Ly, Bernie Taupin, Matthew A. Cherry, Florence Pugh, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina
If the 819 members accept the invites which will most probably be the case, agent members of the 2020 class will be allowed voting privileges at the upcoming Oscars.
This will not be the first time Nigerian filmmakers are making the Academy membership list. In 2018, actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Tinsel producer, Femi Odugbemi were extended invites.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 93rd Oscars will now hold on April 25, 2021, two months later than the initial February date.