Genevieve Nnaji, Akin Omotoso join Oscars voting body

Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, has been selected as a member of the 2020 Class of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Director, Akin Omotoso, was also selected as a member.

This was disclosed in a statement released on Tuesday, by the Academy.

It noted that invitations were extended to a total of 819 artistes and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

According to the Academy, the 2020 class comprises 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries, as part of its goal to double the number of women and underrepresented ethnic/racial communities.

It also noted that if the 819 members accept the invites, agent members of the 2020 class will be allowed voting privileges at the upcoming Oscars.

Meanwhile, Genevieve has responded to the invite.

In a tweet on Wednesday, the actress thanked the Academy, saying she was honoured to be a part of the family.

Other notable artists who were selected include Awkwafina, Zendaya Cynthia Erivo, Eva Longoria, John David Washington, Ladj Ly, Bernie Taupin, among others.

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