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2 Jul


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives around the world working in film. In recent years, the organisation has increasingly sought to grow its female and ethnic-minority members and the 2020 class is a true reflection of it.

This year, the class is made up of 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries, one of whom is seasoned Nigerian actor, producer and director, Genevieve Nnaji. Within this group are 75 Oscar® nominees, including 15 winners, and five recipients of Scientific and Technical Awards.

Academy President, David Rubin says, “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.”

Sharing the announcement on Twitter, Nnaji wrote, “I’m honored to be a member of the family. Thank you @TheAcademy!!” 

“We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one. We are committed to staying the course,” commented Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

“I cannot give enough thanks to all our members and staff who worked on the A2020 initiative and to our head of Member Relations and Awards, Lorenza Muñoz, for her leadership and passion in guiding us through to this point and helping to set the path going forward.  We look forward to continuing to foster an Academy that reflects the world around us in our membership, our programs, our new Museum, and in our awards.”

Other invitees to the 2020 Academy group include actors, Zendaya Coleman (“Spider-Man: Far from Home,” “The Greatest Showman”), Olivia Wilde (“Meadowland,” “Rush”) and David Gyasi (“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Interstellar”); directors, Tess Joseph (“Aladdin,” “Lion”) and Orit Azoulay (“The Kindergarten Teacher,” “The Band’s Visit”); and members-at-large, Todd. A Bryant, Christina Chou and JJ Makaro. See the full list.

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Kunmi Odueke
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