Before sunrise today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar nominations for 2017—and there were a surprising (history making!) number of Black names and Black-themed projects announced. It’s not surprising considering the strong performances we watched onscreen in 2016, but since the Academy tends to be pretty stingy with recognizing the contributions of people of color, today was a pleasant shock.
Here, the nominees of color.
It was that film, the coming-of-age story of a gay, Black man in Miami, that made history with today’s nominations. The film received eight nods, for Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Original Score and Best Picture.
It will also be a historical night during the Oscars when three different categories have three (of five) nominees with Black people or Black-themed subject matter. Those include Best Supporting Actress. Alongside Harris for Moonlight, nominations were also given to Viola Davis (Fences) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures). For Adapted Screenplay, there are nominations for Fences, Hidden Figures and Moonlight. Finally, the Original Documentary category includes 13th, I Am Not Your Negro and OJ: Made in America.
Rounding out the impressive number of well-deserved nominations for Black men and women, Denzel Washington is up for Best Actor for Fences, Ruth Negga (Best Actress, Loving), and a Best Picture nod for Hidden FIgures.
The Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 26 at 7:00ET on ABC.
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1. NAOMI CAMPBELLSource:Getty 1 of 27
2. ANGELA BASSETTSource:Getty 2 of 27
3. ZAZIE BEETZSource:Getty 3 of 27
4. KERRY WASHINGTONSource:Getty 4 of 27
5. VIOLA DAVISSource:Getty 5 of 27
6. REGINA KINGSource:Getty 6 of 27
7. TRACEE ELLIS ROSSSource:Getty 7 of 27
8. OCTAVIA SPENCERSource:Getty 8 of 27
9. JANELLE MONAESource:Getty 9 of 27
10. CHRISSY METZSource:Getty 10 of 27
11. YVETTE NICOLE BROWNSource:Getty 11 of 27
12. ISSA RAESource:Getty 12 of 27
13. SIMONE BILESSource:Getty 13 of 27
14. PRIYANKA CHOPRASource:Getty 14 of 27
15. TREVANTE RHODESSource:Getty 15 of 27
16. RUTH NEGGASource:Getty 16 of 27
17. OLIVIA CULPOSource:Getty 17 of 27
18. JESSICA BIELSource:Getty 18 of 27
19. GINA RODRIGUEZSource:Getty 19 of 27
20. NAOMIE HARRISSource:Getty 20 of 27
21. MICHELLE WILLIAMSSource:Getty 21 of 27
22. NATALIE PORTMANSource:Getty 22 of 27
23. HEIDI KLUMSource:Getty 23 of 27
24. DONALD GLOVERSource:Getty 24 of 27
25. CHRISSY TEIGEN AND JOHN LEGENDSource:Getty 25 of 27
26. THANDIE NEWTONSource:Getty 26 of 27
27. Sofia VergaraSource:Getty 27 of 27
Black Hollywood Shines In This Year’s Oscar Nominations List was originally published on hellobeautiful.com