After a two-year diversity drought in its acting categories, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences showered nominations on six African-American themed films, at least 10 black actors and filmmakers, and an Indian adventure, Lion, to boot. The directing nominations had no women; but Barry Jenkins, a young black director, scored for Moonlight — plus Ava DuVernay’s 13th was nominated in the Documentary Feature category, putting her in competition with I Am Not Your Negro from Raoul Peck and OJ: Made In America from Ezra Edelman. The black-themed Best Picture nominees were Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures.>RelatedOscar Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Ties Record With 14 Noms; ‘Arrival’ & ‘Moonlight’ Snag 8 Apiece
Denzel Washington, Ruth Negga, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis all had acting nominations. In the other categories, Moonlight’s editor Joi McMillon, an African-American woman, shared a nomination with Nat Sanders. Writing nominations went to Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney and August Wilson. Kimberly Steward shared a producing nomination for Manchester By The Sea.