As the Hollywood favorite “La La Land” continues to dominate the award season, it came to no surprise as the film brought in 14 nominations. But one major aspect to celebrate is the rise in diversity in the nominees. After receiving harsh criticism with #OscarsSoWhite last year, the Academy made major strides to diversify.
The Academy set a record by honoring six black actors, including diverse films like “Moonlight,” “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” in the best picture race. This is not to say that this year had more diverse films, the academy is finally highlighting diversity in films. Director Berry Jenkins of “Moonlight” is honored to be nominated and explains “It makes me feel good to see such a multifaceted group of people get recognized”. Actress Viola Davis also made Academy Award history with her nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Fences. She’s the first black woman to have ever earned three Oscar nominations. Three Oscar nominations in itself is a great success.
With this years nominations, it is clear the Academy is making moves in the right direction. As hollywood begins to mirror the diversity in our daily life, it is refreshing to see those who look like the rest of us be honored like everyone else.