- Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, is one of the few Nigerians who has been invited to join the Oscars voting body
- The Oscars had been trying to diversify their Academy members after they came under backlash for being ‘so white’
- The Oscars has now increased its voting body with 45% being women and 35% being from underrepresented ethnic or racial communities
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The Academy Awards, aka Oscars, is a prestigious event in the entertainment industry that has come under backlash for seemingly being so white, earning them the hashtag #OscarSoWhite on social media.
This has led to the Academy diversifying the members of its voting body in order to give everyone a chance.
A new list was recently released of the new invitees of the voting body and it included Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, Nigerian-British actress Cynthia Erivo and Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotosho.
In order to increase the diversity of the voting body, 819 new members were invited with 45% of them being women and 35% of them from underrepresented ethnic or racial communities.
Academy president, David Rubin said: “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.”
If all the 819 people invited accept the invitation, it would bring the total number of members to 9,412.
Nigerian actress, Genevieve, acknowledged the invite on social media via her verified Twitter page. The Lionheart star said that she was honoured to be a member of the family.
See her tweet below:
In other news, Legit.ng reported that British-Nigerian actress, Cynthia Erivo, was the only black person nominated for Best Actress for the 2020 Oscars.
Erivo who recently turned 33 had been nominated for her role as Harriet Tubman in Harriet and best original song for co-writing and performing the film's number Stand Up, at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards.
Since 2012, only five Black actors (including Erivo) have made the best actor, best actress nomination. Denzel Washington got two nominations within this time frame.
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