As the 89th Annual Academy Awards a.k.a The Oscars slowly sneak upon us, many people have probably been wondering how the turn out would be this year as far as African Americans are concerned. I have to say after last years #OscarsSoWhite theme, I was hoping that a change would happen this year as far as African Americans being nominated. And with such films as Hidden Figures & Fences, I was crossing my fingers for a major win and I guess you can say those prayers have been answered.
The Oscars not only have African Americans being nominated for either the first or second time, there’s also three ladies taking up the three out of five slots in the Best Supporting Actress Category.
Davis, will be making history as being the first African American woman to receive three Oscar nominations. Davis delivered a powerful performance in Fences where she co-starred alongside academy award nominee, Denzel Washington. This has been an awesome year for Davis who just recently received a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame.
Spencer got the Oscar nod after portraying Dorothy Vaughn in Hidden Figures. The film chronicles the story of three black women who worked at NASA and helped put men into orbit. If won, this would be Spencer’s second Oscar win.
Harris also received an Oscar nod for her portrayal of Paula, in the film Moonlight where she plays a drug addicted mother who faces conflict as she tries to raise a son, who has his own issues and problems to face.
According to US Weekly, social media has been ablaze with comments in how the Oscars has changed within the last year. A couple of people took to social media to express their excitement over this years selections:
“So great to see so many black artists nominated for Oscars this year!”
“I’m so excited the Academy Awards nominated 3 incredible, talented, strong black women 4 BSA! It’s abt damned time! #Hopeful #Change #Oscars.”
With this type of news, the Oscars may be looking to have a bright future in more show viewings. Let’s just hope this new change in diversity, sticks around. The 89th Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on ABC February 26th at 8:30 p.m.