Asif Kapadia and Freida Pinto become latest Academy Award members


LONDON-born director Asif Kapadia has said he feels “honoured” after becoming one of the newest members of the prestigious Academy Awards. Kapadia, who grew up in east London, is one of several acclaimed Asians in the film world who have been invited to join the organisation which bestows the Oscars in LA each year. The multiple award-winning filmmaker joins 682 others selected for the body’s “Class of 2016”, including Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto and veteran Indian actress Sharmila Tagore in a bid to increase diversity. The bold move follows criticism at the lack of ethnic minorities at this year’s…

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