25 January 2017

Finally! Oscars’ 2017 nominations show diversity

The 2017 Oscars nomination list has been finalised and history was made by showing a number of actors of colour in a single year. The people who stood up and said enough is enough and fought for every talent to be represented at the Academy can now claim their victory.

The Oscars received backlash for overlooking performers of colour and films which portrayed non-white narratives for the past two years. In 2016, a hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended on social media resulting in black actors and actresses boycotting ceremony.

However, things are looking up this year with six African-American themed films nominated and at least ten black actors and filmmakers also receiving nods in coveted categories.

Denzel Washington received a nod for Best Actor alongside Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress for the film Fences. Other actors who received noms are; Ruth Negga, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, Naomi Harris and Octavia Spencer.

For the film 'Moonlight', Joi McMillon became the first African-American woman nominated in the Editing category. Barry Jenkins was recognised in the Best Director category, making him the fourth-ever black best director nominee. Bradford Young has become the first black Cinematographer to be nominated in that category.

The film La La Land is this year's favourite scooping 14 nominations.
Here are some of reactions from social media.

Thulile Gama