Renowned Pakistani fashion designer Hassan Shehryar Yaseen (HSY) and actress Mehwish Hayat became part of the Pakistani Oscar Selection Committee, which selected Pakistani films for the world's most prestigious and highest film award, the Oscars.
It should be noted that for the Oscars, committees from all over the world, including Pakistan, India, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan, select a film from their respective countries for the 'foreign' language category. Films selected by the individual country's Academy Selection Committee are sent to Oscar officials for screening, shortlisting, and voting, who then announce the final nominations.
In a tweet on social networking site Twitter, renowned Pakistani fashion designer Hassan Shehryar Yaseen (HSY) announced his intention to be part of the Oscar selection committee for 2020.
"I am proud to be part of the Oscar Committee 2020," he wrote.
Humbled and proud to be part of the Oscar committee for 2020.— Hassan Sheheryar (@HSYCOUTUREKING) October 8, 2020
The committee will be chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and includes Film Director Asad-ul-Haq, Actor Mehwish Hayat and Musician Faisal Kapadia. pic.twitter.com/cZxpigMwZw
HSY also said the committee would be headed by two-time Academy Award and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid. He added that the committee includes film director Asadul Haq, actress Mehwish Hayat and musician Faisal Kapadia.
On the other hand, actress Mehwish Hayat also announced to be a part of the Oscar selection committee this year. He wrote in his tweet that he has the honor of being part of the Oscar selection committee with two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chanay.
I’m honoured to be part of the ‘Oscar Selection Committee’this year alongside our own two time Oscar winner,Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.I look forward to seeing the nominated films. At least this is one way we can highlight our country & our talent on world stage IA #PakistanZindabad🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/rPiGb3TEZN— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) October 8, 2020
"I look forward to seeing the nominated films," Mehwish Hayat wrote, adding that at least it is a way for us to showcase our country and our potential globally. In 2018, the Pakistani committee had selected the film 'Cake' for the Oscar award, while in 2019, the film 'Lal Kabutar' was nominated for the award. Last year, the Pakistani committee included Sharmeen Obaid Chennai, Zeba Bakhtiar, Zarar Khoro, Zeb Al-Nisa Hamid, Sarmad Khost, Asim Abbasi, Rizwan Baig, Jamil Baig, Sanam Saeed, and Hamna Zubair.
Following nominations from countries, final nominations are selected for all categories of the Academy Awards Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy. Awards, followed by a list of final nominees, which are usually held in February each year.
However, in June this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network postponed the Oscars for two months due to the Corona epidemic. However, the Oscars have been postponed or canceled on at least three previous occasions.
Oscar Academy and ABC Television Network management had confirmed that the awards ceremony would now take place in April 2021. The 93rd Oscars were scheduled to take place in late February, but will now take place on April 25, 2021. Nominations will be announced on March 15, and the Academy will have a final list of films to be nominated by April 15.
The 93rd awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on April 25 after the list of film nominations is released, but it is not clear whether the awards ceremony will be the same as every year or whether it will be limited or shortened in view of Corona.