'I wanted to honor Black actors, writers, directors and filmmakers,' says Nigerian artist Temi Coker

'I wanted to honor Black actors, writers, directors and filmmakers,' says Nigerian artist Temi Coker

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the campaign art for the 93rd Oscars and Temi Coker's work is featured.
Seven international artists were invited by The Academy to create custom Oscar statuette art inspired by the question, “What do movies mean to you?”
For the Nigerian born artist, his vibrant colors and textures comes from his upbringing in Nigeria as well as his love for the African Diaspora.

Drawn from each artists’ personal inspirations and experiences, including theaters of 1920s and ‘30s Hollywood, Coker says he was inspired by Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Academy Award.

"As a Nigerian-American, I love watching movies that have people that look like me who tell our stories from our perspectives," shares the Texas based artist. "Hattie McDaniel paved the way for so many Black actors that you see today and that’s why I wanted to make the Oscar statuette Black––to honor all the Black actors, writers, directors and filmmakers who have really done a great job telling our stories."
The art will be featured on the Academy’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced today, and winners will be revealed April 25, on ABC.