University of Michigan student Zaineb Abdul-Nabi — a.k.a. Lady Z — got a moment of fame Sunday night during the Oscar telecast as a winner in a nationwide college search for “Team Oscar” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which puts on the Oscar ceremony annually.
She is senior from Bronx, studying screen arts and culture at UM.
Each student applicant submitted a one-minute film and answered an essay question to be considered. Six were chosen; Abdul-Nabi is one of the lucky students.
In her submission video, Abdul-Nabi described her passion for filmmaking: “I’m a gonzo cinematographer, seizing the richness of the everyday, searching for the infinite forms of strength and tenacity that make us all extraordinary humans.”