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Oscars NOT So White: Academy Award Nominations Are In! History Makers, Snubs & More


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The nominations are in, and the stage is set for a few YBF folks to make history.  Oscars aren't so white this year, so somebody got it right.  Deets inside...

While La La Land is getting most of the publicity today due to tying for the most number of Academy Award nominations ever, 14, black actors also came out on top nabbing a record 6 nominations! Black talent was nominated in other categories as well.

Most YBF nominees this year are first timers, and three out of the five Best Actress nominees are also YBF chicks.  Get it!

Fab chick Ava Duvernay nabbed her first Oscar nomination.  Her 13th documentary nabbed the Best Documentary category, as did fellow black filmmakers Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro and Ezra Edelman's "OJ: Made In America."  By the way, Ezra's father is well-known Georgetown Law professor and Harvard Law grad Peter Edelman. His mother is well known activist, Spelman grad, Yale law grad and founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF)Marian Wright Edelman.  She is the first black woman ever admitted to the Mississippi state Bar.  #BlackExcellence


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Naomie Harris of Moonlight nabbed her first Oscar nod.  She's facing off against two time Oscar nominee Viola Davis (Fences) and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) in the Best Supporting Actress category. 

Ruth Negga is a first time nominee for her starring role in Loving.  The Ethiopian-Irish YBF chick is facing some stiff competition in the Best Actress category.  Natalie Portman (Jackie), Meryl Streep who just nabbed her 20th nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins, Emma Stone (La La Land) and Isabelle Huppert (Elle).

Taraji P. Henson was snubbed in the Best Actress category, and seems to have been snubbed for her Hidden Figures role all awards season.  Interesting.

Mahershala Ali nabbed his first Oscar nod for his role in Moonlight!  He's set to battle it out in the Best Supporting Actor category, while Oscar winner Denzel Washington (Fences) was nominated for Best Actor.

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And there's one interesting category we're also keeping our eye on this year: Best Cinematography.  New York native Bradford Young just became the first black nominee in the category as head cinematographer for Arrival.  Congrats!

The Best Picture competition is extra stiff: “La La Land”, “Moonlight”, “Fences” (four), and “Hidden Figures” (three) are battling it out against “Arrival,”  “Hell or High Water”; the subtitled tear-jerker “Lion”; “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Check out Naomie Harris' reaction to her first nomination, and why she almost didn't even take the small-budget role.

The 89th Academy Awards air February 26th on ABC at 7e/4p.


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