Filmmaker Akin Omotoso (Vaya) and Actor/Director Genevieve Nnaji (Lionheart) have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The organization announced the new invitees Tuesday with a total number of up to 819.
If they accept, they join in the new class that will have voting privileges at this year’s Oscars.
The massive 2020 list includes a diverse swath of people from all sectors of the industry, from acting to publicity to costume design.
Invited actors include Ana De Armas (“Knives Out”), Brian Tyree Henry (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Florence Pugh (“Little Women”), Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry to Bother You”), Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”) and Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”). Directors like Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Ari Aster (“Midsommar”), Terence Davies (“The House of Mirth”) and Matthew Vaughn (“Layer Cake”) are also on the list.
A handful of actors from this year’s best picture winner “Parasite,” including Jang Hye-Jin, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Park So-Dam and Lee Jung-Eun, were also invited to join.
The Academy said that 49% of the new invitees are international and represent some 68 countries.
Other notable invitees include TV mogul Ryan Murphy, who produced the documentary “A Secret Love,” country singer Tim McGraw, who was in “The Blind Side” and lyricist Bernie Taupin who contributed to the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.”
Academy president David Rubin said that the organization is “delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences.”
Genevieve Nnaji and Akin Omotosho now join Femi Odugbemi, Omotola Jolade Ekeinde, Ngozi Onwuah and Wunmi Mosaku to join the academy’s voting board from Nigeria
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