1 year right after the backlash the academy faced over the lack of diversity among the main nominees, the 2017 Oscars are vastly different.
With nominees from films like "Fences," "Hidden Figures," "Moonlight" and extra, academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs took the stage to address the adjust, providing a heartfelt speech about diversity and the arts.
She mentioned that after final year's backlash, the worldwide community in film is "one that is becoming additional inclusive and diverse with each passing day."
"Tonight is proof that art has no borders, no single language and does not belong to a single faith," she continued. "The energy of art is that it transcends all these items."
She added that no matter where the filmmakers or the subjects come from, they all "speak to the human situation."
Isaacs closed with, "That is the magic of the motion pictures and that is what we celebrate tonight."
The present academy president also spoke about how, for the 1st time in three years, an actor of colour has been nominated in each and every of the 4 leading acting categories.
"It just so occurred that this year we had an abundance of films that represented inclusion, which is some thing that we are, of course, incredibly substantially a element of," Isaacs said to reporters. "Our initiative, of course, has been centered around our membership and our governance."
ABC News also spoke to April Reign, activist and creator of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which started two years ago and is about all the underrepresentation in the nominated arts.
"This year’s slate of Oscar nominees highlights that, when offered the chance, films that reflect the diversity of this nation will shine," Reign said. "Nonetheless, a single year does not make up for over 80 years of under-representation of all genders, sexual orientations, races, abilities and Initially Nation status. #OscarsSoWhite is about the inclusion of all marginalized communities, each in front of and behind the camera, throughout the entertainment market."
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