Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Four Nigerians joins Oscars Award voting members

Four Nigerians have made The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences (Oscars) newly released diverse list of 928 members.
The Academy made visibly improved racial and gender considerations in the 2018 list. This list, with about 49 percent of female invitees and 38 percent being people of colour, tops 2017 list of 774 people, 2016 list of 683 and 2015's 322, according to Variety Magazine.

The Academy invites notable industry professionals ranging from Actors to Writers, and two categories, Members-at-Large and Associates to accommodate individuals who have no defined branches in motion picture.

Among the diverse invitees are Nigerian actresses Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Wunmi Mosaku; film producer and directors Femi Odugbemi and Ngozi Onwurah.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is a leading Nollywood actress with over 300 films and multiple awards to her credit. Wunmi Mosaku is a Nigerian-born British actress who won the 2017 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Gloria Taylor in the TV film 'Damilola, Our Loved Boy'.

Femi Odugbemi is the award winning producer of 'Tinsel', 'Battleground' and a classic 2013 documentary titled 'Literature, Language and Literalism'. Ngozi Onwurah is a Nigerian-born British producer, director and lecturer who won the Best Short Film- Melbourne Film Festival, Australia and Best Documentary- Montreal Film Festival, Canada for 'The Body Beautiful'.

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