Genevieve Nnaji, Nigerian-British actress, Cynthia Erivo and Nigerian filmmaker based in South Africa, Akin Omotosho were invited to join Hollywood’s Academy on Tuesday, among others.
Oscars-awarding club apparently pursues diversification and inclusivity as it opened its prestigious doors to a diverse crop of new members.
David Rubin, the Academy president said they have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community and have upped their game along that part now.
The Academy repenting as it severely criticized this year for nominating just one non-white actor.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 819 new people to The Academy this year in its efforts to increase female and ethnic minority membership.Of the invitees, 36% are people of colour.
The Academy disclosed that the majority of actors invited to join this year were women, with more than half were from “underrepresented ethnic/racial communities.
Cynthia Erivo, the sole non-white acting nominee at February’s Oscars, for “Harriet” was on Tuesday’s list of invitees, along with Eva Longoria, “Joker” star Zazie Beetz and upcoming Bond girl Ana de Armas.