Pakistani filmmaker Mohammed Ali Naqvi among 397 new members of The Academy

Doing us proud

Pakistani filmmaker Mohammed Ali Naqvi is among the 397 new members invited this year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Naqvi is included in the documentary branch. Already a member of the Television Academy (Emmys) and IDA (International Documentary Association), Naqvi has added another feather to his cap. Naqvi shares this honour with other global stars including this year's best supporting actress winner Ariana DeBose, best original song winners Billie Eilish and brother Finneas O'Connell as well as nominees Jamie Dornan, Jesse Plemons, alongside The Northmen star Anya Joy Taylor, and Drive My Car star Hidetoshi Nishijima, to name a few. In a statement shared on its website, the Academy said the list includes artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection is based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority. "The 2022 class is 44

per cent women, 37 per cent belong to underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 50 per cent are from 53 countries and territories outside the United States," the Academy said in the statement.