No #OscarsSoWhite this year


6 Blacks receive nominations for Academy Awards


Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning with Best Drama Golden Globe winner “Moonlight” facing “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” for Best Picture.

Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, stars of “Fences,’’ both were nominated for Oscars. Davis made history as the first Black woman to be nominated for three Oscars. It also was the first time Blacks were nominated in every acting category.

All three films also have actors receiving nominations: “Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris for supporting actor and actress; Denzel Washington for best actor and his “Fences” co-star Viola Davis for supporting actress, and “Hidden Figures” star Octavia Spencer, nabbing her second Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. She won the category in 2012 for “The Help.”

Four for ‘Fences’
“La La Land” leads with 14 nominations, tying the record previously set by “All About Eve” in 1950 and Titanic in 1997. “Moonlight” and “Arrival” tied for the second biggest haul at eight apiece.

“Fences,” from director and star Denzel Washington, earned four nominations, including Best Picture.

Ruth Negga takes her place among the Best Actress nominees for her role in “Loving,” about real-life interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving’s court battle to remain married during the late 1950s in Virginia.

‘Negro’ nominated
In the documentary category, “O.J.: Made in America,” Ava DuVernay’s “13th” and the James Baldwin doc “I Am Not Your Negro” were nominated.

In the best documentary (feature) category, “I Am Not Your Negro,’’ a look into the mind of James Baldwin, (above center), was nominated.

Other top nominees include “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea” (with six apiece) and “ Hell or High Water” (with four apiece).

Past Oscar winners and nominees Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe joined Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in presenting the 24 categories for the 89th Academy Awards in a video.

More diversity
After last year’s #OscarsSoWhite embarrassment of the academy’s acting branch putting forth all White nominees in the last two cycles, Isaacs spearheaded the effort to diversify the Academy, bringing in more female and minority members.

The 2017 Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and take place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. ABC will broadcast the show live on Sunday, Feb. 26. At 8:30 p.m.

For a full list of the nominees, visit


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