By Oluwatobi Opusunju
The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences otherwise known as the Oscars has released its 2018 membership list of 928 film professionals and it has four Nigerian movie makers and actors on it.
The Nigerians are Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Femi Odugbemi, Ngozi Onwurah and Wunmi Mosaku.
Unlike previous lists, the Academy this time, in line with its commitment made the membership more diverse with 49% of the invitees being female while 38% of the new members being people of color.
In 2016, the list which had about 683 new members were made up of nearly half women and people of color, while it was dominated with whites and males by 89% and 73% respectively.
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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.
It is the world’s pre-eminent movie related organization, comprised of over eight thousand accomplished men and women working in cinema.
According to the list, Omotola’s membership invitation came as a result of the recognition she got in the 2010 romantic drama “A Private Storm” and the 2012 thriller “Last Flight to Abuja”. So far, Omotola who is a leading figure in the Nollywood industry has over 300 films and multiple awards to her credit.
Also, Femi Odugbemi who also got the invite is an award winning producer. He has produced movies and TV series such as “Tinsel”, “Battleground” and a classic 2013 documentary titled “Literature, Language and Literalism”.
Wunmi Mosaku and Ngozi Onwurah are Nigerian-born British actress and producer/ director respectively. Wunmi, in 2017 won the BAFTA TV Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role as Gloria Taylor in the TV film “Damilola, Our Loved Boy”. While for Ngozi, her “The Body Beautiful” work won the ‘Best Short Film’ at the Melbourne Film Festival, Australia and ‘Best Documentary’ at the Montreal Film Festival, Canada.
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