The morning after the Grammys, the 93rd Academy Award nominations were announced
and again, the results were immediately touted as a win for women. For the first time, two women are nominated in the Best Director category. Viola Davis earned her fourth nomination for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
, making her the most nominated Black woman in Oscar history (in contrast, Meryl Streep has 21 noms). But, like most achievements awarded to Black women by notedly racist white institutions, these “historic” moments come with a caveat. These supposed victories for Black women who are now getting their due — from the same governing bodies that have historically
overlooked and disrespected them — are more about the Grammys and the Oscars patting themselves on the back for “diversity” than they are about honoring Beyoncé or Viola Davis. It’s more about good publicity than it is about rightfully rewarding Black women — because if it were, Beyoncé would be a multiple
Album of the Year winner, Megan Thee Stallion would have won Record of the Year, and Regina King would be a Best Director nominee.