Say it ain’t so.
Looks like the Oscars are trying to rid itself of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. After the two years of Academy Awards controversy over the lack of diversity, the nominees for the 2017 Oscars are more diverse than ever before.
In every category, a black actor is nominated!
According to people.com, this marks the first time in the Academy’s history that black actors have been nominated in every acting category — Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress — at the same time. (The closest to the record was in 2013, when three nominations were spread across three acting categories).
Here are the categories, the actors and actresses to be on the lookout for this Oscars season.
Film of the Year
With big name films like
Moonlight we couldn’t be more excited to know that a majority black film might actually have a chance at taking home such a prestigious award.
In the Best Supporting Actress category, they were honored with three black nominees:
This is the first time more than one black actress has been nominated in this category since the Color Purple in 1985.
Denzel Washington landed his seventh nomination for “Fences,”
Ruth Negga was nominated for her work in “Loving.”
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali Moonlight
Best Director/Best Screenplay
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Ava DuVernay (13th)
Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro)
Ezra Edelman (OJ: Made in America)
Roger Ross Williams (Life: Made in America)
The jolt of diversity could not come at a better time for the awards show after it failed to nominate a single actor of color for two consecutive years.
These are well deserved nominations and all that we ask is inclusion and recognition for the talent that is undeniable. Good luck nominees!