Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Did this year’s Oscars offer “reparations” for decades of ignoring Black actors, actresses, films?
New Pittsburgh Courier: It has been a little over a week since the Academy Awards’ epic night in Hollywood. Yet, there’s still a buzz in the film industry. The reason for the buzz, at least among Black actors, actresses, directors, and producers, was for the first time in Academy Awards history, African Americans were nominated in each of the four acting categories. The categories and Black nominees were, Best Actor (Denzel Washington for “Fences”), Best Actress (Ruth Negga for “Loving”), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight”), and Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis for “Fences”), Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”) and Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”). Ali and Davis received Oscars.