(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Other invitees include britain?s sally hawkins japanese animation master hayao miyazaki and palestinian director hany abu-assa
Kenyan oscar winner lupita nyong’o somali nominee barkhad abdi and irish-german star michael fassbender are among 271 actors newly invited to join the exalted oscar-bestowing academy organizers said thursday.
Other non-us invitees include britain’s sally hawkins japanese animation master hayao miyazaki and palestinian director hany abu-assad.
Italy’s paolo sorrentino whose “the great beauty” won this year’s foreign-language oscar will also join the illustrious hollywood body as will canadian “dallas buyers club” director jean-marc vallee.
The academy of motion picture arts and sciences invites a new batch of actors filmmakers and related professionals every year to join the ranks of its 6000 or so members who vote on the oscars.
“this year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today” said academy president cheryl boone isaacs.
“their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world and we are proud to welcome them to the academy.”
Nyong’o won the best supporting actress oscar in march for her role in harrowing historical drama “12 years a slave.” fassbender was also nominated for his role in the film by british director steve mcqueen.
Hawkins was nominated in the same category as nyong’o for her role in woody allen’s “blue jasmine” which won best actress for cate blanchett.
Other nominees included comic chris rock actress june squibb (oscar nominee this year for “nebraska”) “hunger games” star josh hutcherson and “veep” tv star julia louis-dreyfus.
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