No other stage would catch people’s attention like the Oscar does. But this time, it’s much more than talent (besides glamour of course) – It is celebrating a mélange of diversity in style. Oscar 2017 is firmly becoming a stage with considerably different colours.
“La La Land” has bagged the most nominations (at 14, the same as 1950’s All About Eve and 1997’s Titanic).
Oh wait! When we’re talking about the best of the year in movies, let’s not forget the actors and actresses who led these movies.
This year, a total 7 people of colour were among the 20 acting nominees, including best actor nominee Denzel Washington for Fences and best actress nominee Ruth Negga for Loving. Black directors dominated the documentary film category.
Interestingly, the actors of colour are on the list of the 2017 nominees, filling up the gap and showcasing a more multicultural range of talent in every sphere thanks to movies like Moonlight (six noms), Lion (six), Fences (with four) and Hidden Figures (with three), so diversity was centerstage, both on and off camera.
The presence of so many actors of colour in the nominations this year is itself a new record — Mahershala Ali, Dev Patel (Lion) were nominated for supporting actor. Meanwhile, Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Viola Davis (of Fences), and Octavia Spencer (of Hidden Figures) received a huge round of applause for being nominated for supporting actress.
Let’s jog you through with a little bit of more information of why #OscarsSoWhite is shattering all odds (more than ever):
- “Fences” is based on the August Wilson play which would give a tale of African-American identity and history.
- “Hidden Figures” dominated the box-office with the story of Black women at NASA.
- The critically acclaimed “Moonlight” allows you to know a Black man who started off with the projects of Miami and follows three parts of his life.
- The documentary feature category also highlighted work that grabs your attention with the history of racial division in the US: “I Am Not Your Negro,” based on an unfinished James Baldwin book.
- Netflix’s “13th” directed by Ava DuVernay, is about race and the criminal justice system.
- And Ezra Edelman’s sprawling account of O.J. Simpson’s life, “OJ: Made in America”.
- And, there are diversity behind-the-scenes categories too. Meet the first Black woman in the editing category — Joi McMillon, nominated alongside Nat Sanders for editing “Moonlight”. The cinematographer behind “Arrival”, Bradford Young, is the first African-American to be nominated in the cinematography category.
Well, the nominees of the 89th Academy Awards definitely witnessed more diversity than previous years. But the non-white actors and directors up for an Oscar sparkled.
Keep you eyes on screen for the Oscars on Feb 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Can’t wait for the night!!
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