Taylor Swift, Keke Palmer, Austin Butler, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, and more celebrities are slated to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making them voting Oscars members.
Barely three days after announcing that few actors will be receiving an Oscar statuette in 2024, the awards body made another vital announcement.
Stars like Taylor Swift are getting recognized with another prestigious title: Academy member. She has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.
“The Academy is proud to welcome these artists and professionals into our membership,” Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang said in a press release on June 28.
“They represent extraordinary global talent across cinematic disciplines, and have made a vital impact on the arts and sciences of motion pictures and on movie fans worldwide.”
Taylor Swift and Tesfaye will join the Academy’s music branch, with voting power over music nominations and who takes home the highly-coveted golden statuettes, beginning with the 2024 Oscars.
Tesfaye was previously nominated for an Oscar award for his song “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey.
Taylor Swift on the other hand, has not yet received an Oscar nomination. Instead, she did land on the Oscars shortlist. A select group of candidates vying for a nomination for her song “Carolina” from Where the Crawdads Sing.
In addition, Mel Brooks and Carol Littleton, with Michelle Satter will also receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Bassett had previously earned a Best Actress nomination for the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It and a Best Supporting Actress nod for 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.