SA's Moonyeen Lee on voting for Oscar winners: 'Like a kid in a candy store'

Local casting director Moonyeen Lee has been a jury member of the International Television Emmy Awards three times.

Then in 2016 she was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, earning a permanent seat on the jury.

Catching up with Kienno Kamies, the local casting director shares how most of her December holiday was spent sifting through some of the best-produced movies for 2016.

“A child in a candy shop I think is the best way to describe it because you are just inundated with DVD’s of every film and every documentary and everything so I think my Christmas holiday in hibernation with some really wonderful Merlot.”

Moonyeenn Lee, Casting Director

It was just the best thing you could have, extraordinary and then the actual process of being able to vote was such an honour.

Moonyeenn Lee, Casting Director

Lee will receive the Lionel Ngakane Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rapid Lion Awards Ceremony on Wednesday.

The award is presented to a filmmaker who has made an outstanding contribution to African cinema.

Listen to the full interview below.....


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