The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has sent out invitations to 397 distinguished individuals (artists and executives) to join the organization in 2022. Selection is based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion, and equity. This year’s class of invitees includes 71 Oscar nominees, including 15 winners.
A selection of this year’s invitees includes Akindele-Bello Olufunke Ayotunde commonly known as Funke Akindele, a Nollywood film actress and producer popularly known for her role in the hit TV series Jenifa’s Diaries as Jenifa.
She happens to be the only African on the list and she sits alongside Caitríona Balfe, Reed Birney, Jessie Buckley, Lori Tan Chinn, Daniel K. Daniel, Ariana DeBose, Robin de Jesús, Jamie Dornan, Michael Greyeyes, Gaby Hoffmann, Amir Jadidi, Kajol, Troy Kotsur, Vincent Lindon, BarBara Luna, Aïssa Maïga, Selton Mello, Olga Merediz, Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Rena Owen, Jesse Plemons, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Renate Reinsve, Marco Rodriguez, Joanna Scanlan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Suriya and Anya Taylor-Joy. These individuals will oversee the selection, categorization, auditing, and nomination of Actors for the 2022 Oscar awards.
Directors on the list include Andrew Ahn (Fire Island), Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard), Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary II), Amy Seimetz (She Dies Tomorrow), and Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca).
The organization that puts on the Oscars said Tuesday that 44 percent of the 2022 class identifies as women, 50 percent come from outside of the US and 37 percent are from underrepresented ethnic and racial communities. If the invitees accept, which most do, they will have voting privileges at the 95th Academy Awards.
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