After last years #OscarsSoWhite debacle, seems like the committee really stopped to think about all the great black talent that graced television and movie theater screens in 2016; and although it went unnoticed, wasn’t unlike all the good black TV of 2015 . This years nominee’s list came just this morning, and the splashes of color throughout every sector is more telling than anything.
Unlike last year, the Oscar committee broadcasted their list via the Oscar.com website, “Good Morning America” and a few other platforms instead of in a typical press conference, we imagine, in effort to avoid all those uncomfortable questions coming from the prior year; leaving reporters out the mix entirely. And after the ratings drop, even with the addition of a Chris Rock who we can only assume was hired to clean up the backlash a bit, the entire program would need a major facelift for the 2017 viewer to make it destination .
We got Moonlight, Hidden Figures & Fences all nominated in the Best Picture & Best Screenplay categories.
Three out of the Five nominees for Best Actress include Viola Davis in Fences, Ruth Negga for her understated portrayal in Loving; Octavia Spencer for her stellar performance in Hidden Figures; and almost forgot to include Naomie Harris in Moonlight.
Up against some nice contenders for Best Actor, our beloved Denzel Washington who played the lead in Fences.
Mahershala Ali from “Moonlight” got nominated in the Supporting Actor.
Along with many great non-black actors like Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Emma Stone (La La Land) et al., who were nominated as well. And while although it seems we may have gone back one hundred years with the swear-in of Donald Trump as the new POTUS, it’s a bit warming to know that color will be the brightest thing on the Oscar stage this year.
Congratulations to our nominees, may the best win.