By: Kayla Reyes
The Oscars usually lacks diversity in nominees, however; this year three of the acting awards were received by actors of color - Regina King, Mahershala Ali and Rami Malek. This is huge considering not a single actor of color was nominated in the acting categories in 2015.
Not only was diversity winning in the acting categories, but the non-acting categories as well! Alfonso Cuarón won for the best director for Roma which is marked as the fifth time a Mexican director has won that award in the past six years. Peter Ramsey was the first black person to win the award for best animated feature. Production designer, Hannah Beachler, and costume designer, Ruth Carter, received an Oscar for their work behind the scenes on Black Panther and were only the second and third African American women to win non-acting oscars. Hannah Beachler made history as she was the first African American ever to get nominated in the production design category.
There is a trend and yes it is women! It was a great night at the Oscars as a new record of 15 awards were set and won by all women. In 2014 and 2016, the record was 12. The winners included “Elizabeth Chai and Shannon Dill, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney were among the winning team for Make-Up and Hairstyling, and Nina Hartstone was a co-winner in Sound Editing. Lady Gaga jointly won for best Original Song, while Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb won for Animated Short. Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton scored in the Documentary Short category.”
Although there are still categories dominated by white males, it is amazing to see the rise in the industry. The 91st Annual Academy Awards was a step forward and we can’t wait to see the continuous growth!