Paving the Way: Saluting Black Academy Award Nominees for 2017

Seems like it was just yesterday when the hashtag #oscarssowhite was trending due to the lack of diversity among nominees for Academy Awards. In other words, two years was too long to go without at least one minority nominee.

In the past, celebrities weren’t as vocal as they are today. No one questioned why all the nominees were all white. It was just…understood. Well… not any more because things are starting to change. Actors and actresses, such as Will Smith and Jaida Pinkett Smith, are no longer remaining silent.

During the 2015 Emmys, Viola Davis took a chance by giving a speech that shed light on the real issues of Hollywood. Quoting Harriet Tubman, Davis began her speech saying, “I see a line and over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. I can’t seem to get there now. I can’t seem to get over that line.” She went on to state, “But let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of color from anything else is opportunity.”


On February 26th, the 89th annual Academy Awards will be held at 7PM ET. Click HERE for a complete list of nominees. The following nominees will represent people of color worldwide:

DENZEL WASHINGTON: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Academy Award for Best Picture – Fences

VIOLA DAVIS: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Fences

AUGUST WILSON: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – Fences

RUTH NEGGA: Best Actress in a Leading Role – Loving

MAHERSHALA ALI: Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Moonlight

NAOMIE HARRIS: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Moonlight

BARRY JENKINS: Academy Award for Best Director & Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – Moonlight

JOI MCMILLAN: Academy Award for Film Editing – Moonlight

TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – Moonlight

OCTAVIA SPENCER: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Hidden Figures

PHARRELL WILLIAMS: Academy Award for Best Pictures – Hidden Figures

BRADFORD YOUNG: Academy Award for Best Cinematography – Arrival

AVA DUVERNAY: Best Documentary Feature – 13th

ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS: Best Documentary Feature – Life, Animated

RAOUL PECK: Best Documentary Feature – I Am Not Your Negro

HEBERT PECK: Best Documentary Feature – I Am Not Your Negro

EZRA EDELMAN: Best Documentary Feature – O.J.: Made in America

KIMBERLY STEWARD: Academy Award for Best Pictures – Manchester by the Sea

Congratulations to all nominees!

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