Genevieve, Akin Omotoso, others invited to Oscar academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji; film director, Akin Omotoso, among others as members of the 2020 class.

The academy stated this in a release on Tuesday, inviting 819 artistes and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Also selected are Cynthia Erivo, Zendaya, Eva Longoria, John Washington, Ladj Ly, Bernie Taupin, Matthew Cherry, Florence Pugh and Awkwafina.

The invitees will be allowed voting privileges at the upcoming Oscars if they accept the invites.

“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,” the statement read.

Genevieve tweeted on Wednesday, saying she was honoured.

“I’m honoured to be a member of the family. Thank you,” she wrote.

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

The 93rd edition of the Academy Awards, known as Oscar award, is scheduled to hold on April 25, 2021, and nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021.