Oscars less white!!!
Davis, Harris, and Spencer were all big contenders for their work in Fences, Moonlight, and Hidden Figures, respectively; but their official nominations are so special because it marks the first time three black women have been nominated in an acting category!
Not only that, but their nods mark the first time three black people have been distinct nominees in any category, PERIOD.
This isn’t the first time three people of color have been nominated in acting categories: the 1984 Oscars nominated Adolph Caesar (A Soldier’s Story), Noriyuki “Pat” Morita (The Karate Kid), and Haing S. Ngor (The Killing Fields) in the Best Supporting Actor category, with Ngor winning the award.
The 2003 Academy Awards had a similar colorful majority in the Best Supporting Actor category, with Benicio Del Toro (21 Grams), Djimon Hounsou (In America), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) all nominated.
It happened once again in 2006 as well, when Adriana Barraza (Babel), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) were all up for Best Supporting Actress category, and Hudson took home the trophy.
While there’s still much work to be done in representation of all races in Hollywood (also, maybe some lead role nominations?), this historic year is definitely a step in the right direction — especially after last year’s #OscarsSoWhite debacle.
Take a look at the nominees for Best Supporting Actress (below) and find out who wins on February 26!
[Image via Ivan Nikolov/Michael Boardman/WENN.]