Beyonce gunning for Academy Award

With 20 Grammys to her name, US singing superstar Beyonce now has her eyes on the coveted Oscar.

According to British tabloid The Sun, the 34-year-old plans to write a screenplay for a film based on Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who became an attraction in London freak shows during the 1800s.

She was featured due to her large buttocks and exhibited under the name Hottentot Venus.

A source reportedly said of Beyonce, who will also star in the movie: "She now wants to write a screenplay that gains her respect - and hopefully awards - from the film industry, and thinks Saartjie's story could be her ticket."


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