Oscars Not So White... This Year At Least
Last year, the big news surrounding the Academy Awards
was the “Oscars So White Controversy” sparked by the second straight year no minorities were nominated in any of the four acting categories.
Well, Oscar’s not so white this year as blacks were represented in all of the four acting categories,— dominating the best supporting actress category with three nominations— Viola Davis (“Fences”), Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) and Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”). Denzel Washington’s performance in “Fences” earned him an Oscar nod in the best actor category, while Mahershala Ali was nominated for his breakout role in “Moonlight” and Ruth
Negga earned a best actress nod for “Loving”. Other black nominees include Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, and in the documentary category Ava Duvernay earned a nomination for her feature, “13th”, while “I Am Not Your Negro” by Raoul Peck was also nominated, as was Ezra Edelman’s OJ: Made In America.
Blacks also made headway in the editing category with Moonlight’s Joi McMillon and in producing with nods to Denzel Washington (Fences), Pharrell Williams (Hidden Fences) and Kimberly Steward (Manchester By The Sea). Writing nominations went to Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney and August Wilson. In the best picture category, there’s Fences, Hidden Figures and Moonlight.