Still from Moonlight

Still from Moonlight

Looks like the Academy finally got the memo. Unlike last year's ceremony, the 2017 Oscars aren't so white. 

Last year, while we were all tweeting #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy was mobilizing. In June, a diverse group of 683 artists and executives were invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a seemingly direct result, more people of color secured nominations for acting and directing than last year. You know, the year when zero POC were nominated. 2016 salty feeling aside,  an amazing group of artists and creatives will by vying for Oscars next month. 

At the top of the list is Moonlight with eight nominations. The film secured noms for best supporting actor, Mahershala Ali, best supporting actress, Noamie Harris, best film and best director, Barry Jenkins. Moonlight's editor, Joi McMillion, made history as the first African American woman nominated for an Oscar for editing. Right behind Moonlight is Fences with four nominations. The Denzel Washington directed flick secured a nomination for best motion picture. Washington himself is up for best lead actor while his costar Viola Davis is up for best supporting actress. Also up for best picture is Hidden Figures, the film that once again proves black girls been magic. For her role in the film, Octavia Spencer scored a nomination for best supporting actress. 

Rounding out the list of not so white nominees are Ruth Negga (Loving) best lead actress, and Dev Patel (Lion), best supporting actor.  

While I may checkout halfway through the show, the Oscars are long bruh, I will be waiting to see Moonlight, Fences, or Hidden Figures pick up best picture. 

The Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb 26th, on ABC.