All The Black People Nominated For Oscars This Year

Now that the 2018 Oscar nominations have been announced, many people looking for more diversity have been left with a bittersweet aftertaste. We are thrilled to see Jordan Peele being properly recognized for his cultural masterpiece, Get Out, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. The film’s star, Daniel Kaluuya, is also nominated for Best Actor. Mary J. Blige is nominated for Best Supporting Actress alongside Octavia Spencer. And Denzel Washington broke his own record as the most nominated Black actor in the Academy’s history.

Yet, the lack of diversity in the major categories still leaves much to be desired. Women of color are still relegated to supporting roles and are altogether absent from the major categories, which is a huge disappointment. And the vast majority of nominees are white, which means that we are far from being done with #OscarsSoWhite.

I would also be remiss not to mention the four non-Black people of color that were nominated this year. Firas Fayyad directed Last Man in Aleppo, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature. Kumail Nanjiani co-wrote The Big Sick, which is up for Best Original Screenplay. Adrian Molina is the director behind Coco, which could very well win Best Animated Feature. And Ru Kuwahata directed the animated short Negative Space, which was also nominated.

But, if you are planning on “rooting for everybody Black,” these are the names you need to be looking out for.

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Yance Ford (Strong Island)
Ford directed a Netflix documentary that is nominated for Best Documentary Feature. He is also the first trans person to ever be nominated for an Academy Award.
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Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
In what might be the best post-divorce glow up ever, Mary J. Blige's first serious acting endeavor has earned her not one, but two Oscar nods. She is up for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for “Mighty River” on the Mudbound soundtrack.
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Miguel (Coco)
One of my favorite R&B singers put his skills to use for the movie Coco. His song “Remember Me” is nominated for Best Original Song.
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Andra Day (Marshall)
Black people may be underrepresented in traditional Hollywood roles, but apparently we still shine in music. Best Original Song features four Black nominees, the most of any category. Andra Day is one of them. She provided the vocals for “Stand Up For Something” on the Marshall soundtrack.
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Common (Marshall)
Already an Oscar winner and only lacking a Tony award to complete the EGOT, Common collaborated with Andra Day on “Stand Up For Something.”
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Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Peele is only the fifth Black person nominated for Best Director. If he wins, he’ll be the first. Get Out is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
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Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
Another amazing glow up, Kaluuya is nominated for Best Actor for traveling to the sunken place in Get Out.
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Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq)
In a league of his own, Denzel Washington broke his own record as the most nominated Black person in Oscar history when he got another Best Actor nod for Roman J. Israel, Esq.
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Octavia Spencer (Shape of Water)
Another record-breaker, Octavia Spencer is the only Black woman to receive multiple nominations following an Oscar win. This year, she is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, an award she won in 2011.
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Dee Rees (Mudbound)
Rees is the first Black woman ever nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Kobe Bryant (Dear Basketball)
I never thought I’d see the day that an NBA great would get Oscar recognition. An animated adaptation of the poem Dear Basketball, written by retired Laker Kobe Bryant, is nominated for Best Animated Short.
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Kevin Wilson Jr. (My Nephew Emmett)
Wilson bravely recreated the events that led to the killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 from the perspective of his uncle, who tried to protect him. He earned himself an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short as a result.
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