Freida Pinto joins the Academy..


Mumbai, July 7 -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the world's pre-eminent movie-related organisation, which also conducts the Oscars, has invited Freida Pinto to become a member.

The actor joins the roster along with Canadian actor Rachel McAdams, American director Patty Jenkins, British actor-musician Idris Elba, Chinese-American producer James Hong, and a few rising stars such as Michael B Jordan, Chadwick Boseman and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) actor John Boyega.

A source close to Freida says, "She is the youngest Indian to be given this honour. This is an expression of acknowledgment of her work internationally, and also of the social work she does for the empowermentt and education of girls."

When contacted, Freida says, "I am excited to be invited to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I am looking forward to the responsibilities and duties I will have as a member of the organisation. Voting for deserving and diverse talent will be an honour."

Apart from Freida, two other artistes of Indian origin have been invited to join the organisation. These include veteran actor Sharmila Tagore and Indo-Canadian film director Deepa Mehta.