Viola Davis at Golden Globes

The Academy of Arts and Sciences is anxious to avoid last year's controversies over the lack of Oscar nominations for black people and people of color. A record six black people were nominated for Oscars this year.

Black actress Viola Davis set an Oscar record with three nominations, while majority black films “Moonlight,” “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” also received nods for Best Picture.

Moonlight

Moonlight is about a black boy who grows up in a rough part of Miami and finally accepts his homosexuality after longing for a boyhood pal.

“It makes me feel good to see such a multifaceted group of people get recognized,” said Barry Jenkins, the director of “Moonlight,” which received eight nominations. He added, “It’s an affirmation that film has the power to erode barriers and reveal what makes us all human.”

But some critics see the multiple nominations for black people as a sign of token inclusion, not a sign of progress for black people.

Liberals threatened to boycott the Academy Awards last year to force the staid members into the participation trophy generation.

Photo: WENN.com

  • Jen_no_juice

    The Academy of Arts and Sciences is anxious to avoid last year’s controversies over the lack of Oscar nominations for black people and people of color. A record six black people were nominated for Oscars this year.
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    Guess they can't be nominated because they're good movies with great actors. Well at least "Hidden Fences". I haven't seen Moonlight

  • KcoolMuziq

    Much deserved! I'm on the Sag Nominee Committee and I made sure well deserved people of color were in my submissions. It's time for a change.

  • A-way29

    They uplift us when we wear dresses and make movies about 2 brothers becoming sissy when they get older. The joke is on us. Hollywood is poison. All of it is vanity. This kind of stuff does not benefit us at all. Idolatry is a sin.

  • Butter

    Yep, Any black films depicting Poor, Black and Gay will get nominations... I want to move to Costa Rica and get in tune with Nature.. US of A is a big ass Joke.. Getting out of Babylon real soon

  • Sucker Free

    I don't see it as token inclusion...those old azz white folks were exposed last year for being woefully out of touch as to our supreme excellence. im rooting for all of them!

    I need to see Moonlight keep hearing great things about it...

  • Oliver Brady

    ANDDDD we're off!!!!
    ?????

  • Low E. TUH!

    WHAT I MISS? -EATING LATE LUNCH- I LITERALLY JUST GOT IN SMH

  • Sexy CJ

    The Academy of Arts and Sciences has nominated black people and people of color for a record of (6) nominations that consist of Black actors........&.......majority black films “Moonlight,” “Fences” and “Hidden Figures”....... also received nods for Best Picture.

    *Hey.....Hey........Hook It On Da Beat !!!!!!..........

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b11ac0a4fc603e931cfb4f6fc42f0855a0930d865fef7d30ecfdb601c5397a2.gif

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    More rewards for us ? Congratulations

  • Dr. P

    I loved Fences, haven't seen Moonlight, well yeah I have...my cousin Tinky's real life probably mirrors this youz gay, no I'z ain't, gets beaten into the closet, lives quietly in the closet, gets dragged out of the closet, gets beat up for not coming out of the closet sooner, drama. So I ain't gosta see it, I'll call my cousin.

  • nucynu25

    Am going to the gym . New yr ...new me bishes . Toodles ??

  • Lovezoe

    So glad these films are getting recognized

  • Carolina Blue

    My grandpa in my head...??

  • Carolina Blue

    Folks complaining about the noms i see. Damned if you do damned if you dont.

  • Tonia Hannah

    Thats what im thinking people never satisfied.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ...

  • Are we there yet

    But some critics see the multiple nominations for black people as a sign of token inclusion, not a sign of progress for black people.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Bet money Spike Lee gonna say this before 10 pm EST TONIGHT.

  • Are we there yet

    new post. Rudy had a baby

  • Chocolate Bliss

    So a movie about regular black people doing regular things can't be nominated? Black people fall in love and have kids you know. Am I really outraged about this movie? No, i'm not. I don't expect these whites to acknowledge anything good in my people. If they did. They would have to admit that someone else is better than them.

  • Carolina Blue

    Terrible. Smh

  • Capricornicy

    Congrats.

  • Carolina Blue

    Never!!!!!

  • country57

    Thinking the same.....

  • Sonny Johnson

    If you actually watched Fences, Hidden Figures and MoonLight you could easily come to the conclusion that they are just as worthy of an oscar nom and win with their contemporaries such as La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge, Arrival etc.

  • missmiami305

    I went this morning ?. Have a great workout

  • Carolina Blue

    I hate the gym. Im working out at home....lost 5lbs just from diet change alone. Now i want to tone up.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Love me some Fred Sandford!!!

  • Oliver Brady

    Moonlight was wonderfully written. I highly recommend??
    Even if you think yew too scared tew see it ?

  • MsPam

    Denzel will win because he was kind of mean in Fences. The angry black man syndrome in Hollywood always wins. Even though blacks were nominated, La La Land will be the big winner. I'm just just glad I don't have to hear rich black folks complain about not being accepted.

  • MsPam

    I want to apologize for what I did yesterday. I'm truly am sorry.

  • MissyJ

    And actually La La Land was just a blah media hype.... they are more deserving than that wack job

  • missmiami305

    ????

  • Are we there yet

    They uplift us when we wear dresses and make movies about 2 brothers becoming sissys when they get older.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    So...Brokeback Mountain aint get no awards? Why is the storyline an issue?

  • missmiami305

    Diet makes a huge difference. Im eating a boring green salad right now ?

  • sunni_daze

    I have been trying to find a place actually playing this movie.

  • A-way29

    I believe that movie won Oscars and many other awards. that's abominable too. The focus is on my people. The issue is the homosexual lifestyle being influenced on the masses and my people.

  • Tammie Reed

    Congrats to all the nominees! xoxo

  • Sonny Johnson

    Mainstream America has a fascination for musicals, I don't mind them but I'll take a gritty drama over song and dance any day

  • Are we there yet

    Hell Imma about to see if he has said it already. But mark my words...he is not gonna be pleased. Last year he was mad we was not included. #OscarsSoWhite.

  • Are we there yet

    Ok

  • Carolina Blue

    Yeah who knew lol...my goal was to lose 10lbs of fat and replace it with 10lbs of muscle. Im already skinny i just want to be lean and tone.

  • A-way29

    You don't see an issue here?

  • nick c

    Let me know how you like it, Nicaragua, and Uruguay are also on my short list.

  • Isignedup4this

    Not trying to be mean... but what is the fascination with Viola Davis? I'm trying to see if I can see what others see.

  • nick c

    Arrival sucked don't know how that got nominated. I don't watch movies where men grow to like pee pee.

  • Renee26

    Watched Moonlight this past weekend....the oldest version of him was soooo fine!

  • Carolina Blue

    Thats ALWAYS the issue! Always a complaint..like stfu already. You dont care for it fine you dont have to....dont support the movie simple.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Congrats to Denzel and Viola. I still don't know why so called black folk feel the need to be accepted into Hollyweird like it's some big thing. Why do you try to fit in when you are born to stand out?

  • LibraGirlonly

    I get what you are saying.

  • Renee26

    LMAO you stoooopid!!

  • LibraGirlonly

    I don't recall Jake wearing a dress in Brokeback Mountain.

  • Renee26

    Ok! And he didn't even see the movie because that's not how it went anyway

  • Lolalao

    It needs to be placed front and center.

  • A-way29

    you don't get it. And, that's ok cause there's time for you to get it. I don't support this mess (Moonlight - I do want to see Fences tho). But, if you think that this is a big accomplishment, then you have some searching to do because you're the people of the Most High and he doesn't approve this confusion.

  • A-way29

    what needs to be placed front and center?

  • A-way29

    Cool.

  • Renee26

    Homosexuality is NOT race specific...I guess you want to see the black race as perfect and superior but it's not reality. You can't uplift people and in the next breath tear them down because you don't agree with a part of their lifestyle.

  • stav

    Oscars going affirmative action this year to appease the protestors of last year, screw their worthless accolades and statues, it's idolatrous !

  • Renee26

    She can't let black actors and actresses be great...she been saying the NASA story is a fake. Another attack on black intelligence. :rolls eyes:

  • datATLboi

    Moonlight was REALLY good. My mouth was wide open the whole time

  • Carolina Blue

    Fuckk you and IT. Im not searching a damn thing! Who the fuckk are you to tell me what to do? Yall fake woke mfks kill me! Who gives a flying fuckk about what you believe??? Surely not I!!!!! Stay the fuckk out of my notifications BITCH.

  • Lolalao

    That it's ok for black men to be homosexuals.

  • KcoolMuziq

    It's only going to be one winner from "Fences" and that's Viola Davis. This is her year for her FIRST Oscar..

  • A-way29

    you're reaching. Homosexuality is present in all "races". My focus here is on my people at the moment. It has nothing to do with being superior. It's all about returning to the covenant that The Most High gave to Abraham. The so-called negros are the Most High chosen people. We are the Hebrew Israelites. This behavior is forbidden, not only for us, but for everyone.

    I mean the Most High destroyed Cedom & Ammorah because of it. And, the ruins have been found many years ago. But, you wont find this in the forefront because the powers that be dont want you to know that the Torah is real and true.

    Where did I tear down? Please copy and past, don't assume. I've lived in Atlanta and I've seen the affects of this lifestyle. It's not beneficial at any level.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Exactly! It's not just about what everyone thinks it is.

  • missmiami305

    Were there a lot of sex scenes?

  • Carolina Blue

    Good point but wasted font honey. Hes just like the "christians" that he hates..use so called religion to spew hate.

  • Emily post

    Of course Hollywood has to make up for last year.

  • Emily post

    Well said!

  • datATLboi

    actually there wasn't even one

  • missmiami305

    Dang I wanted to see that. Glad I didnt see it in the theater.

  • missmiami305

    Hacksaw Ridge is on my list. Didnt know they were nominated as well. Did you see it?

  • A-way29

    Ok, I understand where you're coming from. Yet, it's not ok for anyone to be a homosexual. I'm sorry that you believe that it is.

  • stav

    Thank you!

  • missmiami305

    U already know.

  • Lolalao

    Um..Do you support Homosexuality? Read that question very carefully. It might be as simple as it seems.

  • Araminta Glissade Chaines

    All well deserved. But Sandy no post on my man Jay-z selling some of Tidal to AT&T. I wonder how many of us will subscribe now since a mainstream (aka white) company is validating it's worth? I've had it since day one. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/224d4f3c37c7215911b06b7b85594b6939943bbde03549911846bd9583235537.gif ??Anywho.... Congrats Jigga

  • A-way29

    No, I do not support the homosexual lifestyle anymore.

  • Justlooknout

    The title gave it for me....Why i wanna see movie named La La land. NOPE

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    Wow, how disrespectful. So, conveniently enough after last year, all these black films became oscar worthy? Soooo black films just got good all of a sudden? Call me never satisfied if you want, but this move is clearly them trying to pacify. Don't take the bate, still boycott dammit. Congrats though.

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    Word

  • Renee26

    When you choose to speak on homosexuality as if it's the only sin that people are committing you are "tearing down" a group of people. You don't know people's struggle or the reasons why they live homosexual lifestyles yet you didn't mention any other "negative" influences that people face. No sin is greater than the other.

  • A-way29

    Alright, sis. That's your soul. Sad to see that you're that mad off of simple words. Like I tell folks, while you have life in your body, you have a chance to get it right. Take care

  • Lolalao

    You think it's right for a man to deny his sexual preference?
    You think it's right for a man to marry a woman with his lover as his best man?
    You think it's right for woman to now have to live with HIV?

    That is a true story.

  • Renee26

    Spoiler alert...there's some ADULTERY in Fences....you may not want to watch that

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Let's see who wins. Remember that year "the color purple" was nominated for a record number 11 Oscars and walked away with 0? Best of luck to all the nominees.

  • Lolalao

    *the woman

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    A movie about a homosexual main character, but no sex scenes? How dreadful. I do want to see this movie.

  • Lolalao

    *not..

  • A-way29

    the focus is on the post. Specifically, the movie Moonlight. I was only addressing Moonlight. So, I understand why you think it was a tear down. I could discuss many other sins but the focus is on the post. I get where you're coming from tho. I understand the affects of the homosexual lifestyle and the spirit that comes along with it. I do address other negative influences on other posts as well sis.

  • A-way29

    thanks :) wont be giving my money to that.

  • free

    i couldn't even finish it.

  • free

    i like her far better on HTGAWM than movies.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Why are movies with a mostly black cast labeled black movies? Your average movie is 99% YT PPL. Why aren't they called white movies and just movies?

  • Carolina Blue

    I will not but congrats indeed!!!

  • free

    he reminded me of at least 3 men in my life. i didn't see it all as angry. it was just a reflection of how shyt was back in them days. there was the stern father, the jokester, the adulterer, the provider, etc.

  • Branch Davidian

    I don't get all the hoopla about Fences. What is so great and inspiring about a bitter dude that shits all over his kid's dreams because life didn't work out the way he wanted? Oh...and had a baby by the side chick that the wife decided to keep..WTF??

  • A-way29

    You think it's right for a man to deny his sexual preference? - please be more specific.

    You think it's right for a man to marry a woman with his lover as his best man? - it's not right.

    You think it's right for woman to now have to live with HIV? - Absolutely not.

    Not sure where these questions are coming from given that I mentioned that I don't support the lifestyle. Who cares if I dont support, that's the important note to take from this post. The fact is that the Most High's chosen people are the Hebrew Israelites aka the so-called negro. He gave us his Torah (Law) and he told us not to learn the ways of the other nations. And, one of these ways are this particular sexual act/lifestyle.

  • Carolina Blue
  • missmiami305

    I'm too cheap but I am really happy for Jigga.

  • A-way29

    please stay out of my notification. :p

  • missmiami305

    Omg really! To be honest, that was an assumption and why I opted not to watch the film. Just my preference but will surely tune in. Thanks! #DJM

  • missmiami305

    ????

  • missmiami305

    Dang it was that bad???

  • Lolalao

    Basically if your son is gay, this will happen to some poor parents daughter. That's important.

    You don't get it.

  • A-way29

    i dont get it.

  • A-way29

    He won't be gay. We need to change the way we think and raise our children. There's a book that's here to save us from these issues tho.

  • A-way29

    Hate christians? Smh..man. My people are lost.

    You don't know what hate is.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    It was a good movie one of the best this year I hope it wins but I got a feeling the yts will go with LaLaLand as usual.... #TheColorPurpleSyndrome smh

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Trevante Rhodes.....Chile he so fine as soon as I got finished watching Moonlight I looked it up online to see if he was gay lol

  • Miany

    cuz white people don't think we are people... so our movies/culture/everything have to be labeled "BLACK" fugg em tho.. I am proudly black and proudly watch black movies.. ion pay to see them others, catch em on hulu.

  • Miany

    i thought he sold it to Sprint???

  • bemetoo

    This is a bunch of bs. They only nominated theses flim because of last year and the year before blatant disrespect. So after this year it goes back to yt, honesty I wouldn't want to win an Oscar these year because I will feel like the just gave me one to shut us up..unlike the year Halle won hers was deserve

  • bemetoo

    I stated the same year Halle was the only black that deserve to win in her year denzel was robbed the year before

  • Zizzle

    You know she'll only post about Jay-Z if she thinks he's taking an L.

  • Miany

    she is an actress... she does her job. I used to say what is the fascination with Jennifer Lawrence...then I got it, she is just an actress and receiving accolades for her work (she got the right people behind her).

  • Carolina Blue

    Bitch im not your people. Go fuckk ya self.

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    Please tell the truth on this thread. Like for real.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    I'm not paying to stream music when I can download it for free. I tried tildal out didn't see what the big deal was. After my trial membership ended I had no interest in paying for one. It's also to restrictive and expensive in my opinion.

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    The only reason Moonlight is receiving anything is because it is carrying out the GAY AGENDA.....

  • A-way29

    MatthiYahu (Matthew) 12:36

    “And I say to you that for every idle word men speak, they shall give an account of it in the day of judgment."

    Peace.

  • IamAllnatural

    Don't leave out that he talked 99% of the movie. It almost drove me crazy, I wanted to walk out the theater. The movie should've been named Talking Troy.

  • Lolalao

    How the heck do you know that? It's not a choice..Lol

    Have a good day.

  • Lenina Just Lenina

    Who got razzy nominations

  • A-way29

    there are many factors. So, to say it's just "a choice" is wrong. So, I agree with you.
    Number 1, it's a deviant spirit. 2, it's come onto a person in many ways. That's why it's important to not open yourself to certain things. The battle is spiritual.

    have a great evening.

  • IamAllnatural

    I didn't like Moonlight at all. I don't get all the hype about it. It was such a slow start and a stupid ending.

  • bemetoo

    He met back up with his Jr high and high school DL boyfriend

  • Lolalao

    I'm glad you believe that..Lol Tons of parents have shared your very mindset.

  • A-way29

    ton's of parents are informed.

  • Lolalao

    Well, actually you do. See, to not support someone you have to not support them full circle. That main support is money. I'm pretty sure you don't make your own stuff..Gay people contribute to the things you use everyday. You may not support their sexual preference, but you sure support their financial lifestyle.

  • Lolalao

    Tons of parents are then placing other parents daughters in dangerous positions.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Even tho that's bae I couldn't but congrats to him ?

  • A-way29

    You have a sincere point. You're right again about them owning everything. Yet, if I purchase a shirt from walmart, TJ Maxx, NIKE, or food from a restaurant or grocery store, my purchasing dollars are an operation revenue. Revenue - Expenses = net income or net loss. Whatever they choose to do with that net income and net loss is on them.if they want to fund one of their pandora-fueled sex parties, that's on them. That does not mean I support them. I get your point tho.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Congrats to all the nominees, that Viola is something.

  • A-way29

    you're right. That's why when I have children, they will be attached to me 24/7. No sleepovers, no spending the day at uncles or aunts house. I dont trust everyone except my immediate family. I'm with you on that Lolalao.

    too many examples to learn from. Im with you.

  • Liah

    Viola and Denzel I'm rooting for you!!!!!

  • Endless ONEder

    Just thinking about this makes me upset.....I loved The Color Purple.

  • Lolalao

    That does not contribute to a child being gay. It does create Ed Geins though. Norman Bates was actually based him, I didn't know that.

  • Psychic Lulu

    Another scam.

  • Realhiphopsearch

    Exactly
    And it will probably win for that very reason
    Then other actors and actresses will copycat these roles in order to chase this same "success"

  • A-way29

    i should be more detailed. I'm not saying having your child sleeping over at relatives make them homosexual. I was trying to relay that you can't trust everyone around your children because a lot these people could be the predators that can cause that spirit to influence a child later in a child's life.

    my bad for the confusion.

  • SuggaB

    I certainly hope so..she is a great actress.

  • Lolalao

    I get what you're saying.

  • A-way29

    I just did my happy dance

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Haven't seen it, but I bet. When I heard mom's a crackhead (enuf of this theme, or maids, slaves and butlers), I said I'll see it on the small screen, Netflix kinda viewing!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I think these nominations were earned and not tokens or affirmative action, and more than a response to last year's blackout! I can't even remember the films that blacks actors could have been nominated for other than Selma, The Help, 12 Years a Slave, Rocky's joint, The Butler, and out of all of these I can recall, I've only seen and loved "The help!"

  • SailOn

    I think Taraji is the most underrated actress, but she is slowly getting her due. She can play hood, royalty, educated, working class. She should have gotten a leading actress nod.

  • SailOn

    Why so much hate towards Moonlight. It was an incredible film. How many of you bashing it have actually seen it. Ignorance is bliss.

  • Lolalao

    ? ?

  • Carolina Blue
  • A-way29

    Kk

  • Diane

    The movies and actors deserved the nominations. Where is your disdain for nominees Casey Affleck, who was accused of sexual harassment and Mel Gibson who is anti-Semitic and has had many problems? Last I read, people were outraged about those two, not the black nominees. You need therapy.

  • Aly

    So...Birth of a Nation didn't get nothing huh???

  • Violet Rose

    While I do not support these actors congratulating themselves and being awarded for making million of dollars, I will say I think that all the Black actors and the (i believe) Indian actor deserve their nominations. We should not find Black actors to nominate because of fairness if there are no quality films that year. The year Jada was acting a fool I felt the little boy from Room was robbed, that boy deserved an Oscar.

  • Violet Rose

    Thank you, I agree. I hope we can all give each other information on great films that have people of color as well as other movies that are just amazing to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie Room and felt that the young boy who was nominated should have won.

  • dontgetblocked

    I hate when white people try to throw us a bone. I hate to say it...but I bet none of the performances were Oscar worthy.

  • Hmmm~?

    No, it's so it can distinguish itself from the typical "white" movie as you call it. Some people would like to easily find movies with predominantly black casts, hence why they're given a different label. Same thing as that one ad complaining about the ethnic hair products being on a different isle than the white hair products. It's so people can easily find what they're looking for.

  • Kjibbers

    Think about what you just said.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Yep, like Hidden Figures wasn't hid, the word got out! But, often this isn't the case, so we should broadcast good films with people of color! I didn't see Room, but I will look for it!

  • Guest who

    Halle only won because white people love Light skinned black some women. There I said it. There's no way she have a Oscar before Angela Bassett.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    I saw Hidden Figures and Fences and (I don't say this automatically) but BOTH are Oscar Worthy! I'm not a Denzel fan but this was the best I have ever seen out of him. And Hidden Figures is inspirational, encouraging, real adn so many other things

  • kimberly

    Viola Davis you are a great actress with tremendous talent. Beautiful lady as well.

  • bemetoo

    Clearly i know angie was robbed Never said that Angela shouldn't have won..I think she gave the best performance that year.. But Halle gave the best performance her year. And denzel gave a better performance the year before when he was nominated for hurricane..

  • Real Name

    I feel the same way, we have to take care of Mother Earth

  • Real Name

    I didn't see it,but your description is hilarious

  • chris

    That's how white people think all black men are and he was the best at it.

  • chris

    Felt like I was listening to a feind with all them devil / death stories... Waste of money.

  • chris

    Fences was trash save your money

  • chris

    Fences one of the worst movies I ever seen. No plot whatsoever. I took my mom and she fell asleep along with half the theater. Denzel was an angry disrespectful pos hater which is why the white people love it so much. Straight trash. Want my 2 hours back.

  • Nala Shakur

    More like an affirmation tht u have to portray a slave, drug addict or homo to be nomination worthy ?

  • A-way29

    lol, word. good look

  • Stacey J

    I've seen it and it was okay. I don't know if I felt that it was good enough for 8 noms. Hidden Figures was just okay as well. It does kind of feel like they were trying to include black movies instead of really going after quality films. I do agree though that Denzel's portrayal and overall direction of the movie adaptation of August Wilson's play Fences was awesome/powerful. But in given the nod to two other okay movie it kinda water downs the nomination.

  • Depths Of My Soul!

    I am Sure some will Still Complain