More Color At The Oscars
The number of African-American presenters at the 86th Academy Awards hits record numbers
There’s no denying what a phenomenal year it has been for Black film, with ‘12 Years a Slave’ as a frontrunner for Best Picture and breakout beauty Lupita Nyong’o up for Best Supporting Actress. While we were all shocked when ‘The Butler’ fell short of an Oscar nomination, what hasn’t been undersized is the amount of African-American presenters at this year’s ceremony; and it couldn’t happen at a better time, as this year marks the 75th anniversary of Hattie McDaniel’s groundbreaking win for ‘Gone with the Wind.’
Among these presenters are: Sidney Poitier who in 1963 became the first Black person to win an Academy Award for his role in ‘Lilies of the Field,’ Whoopi Goldberg who received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in ‘Ghost,’ Jamie Foxx, who was the Best Actor recipient for ‘Ray,’ and a host of others. The Oscars is set to air March 2 on ABC, and hosted by the ever so hilarious Ellen DeGeneres. Check out the complete list of Black presenters at this year’s Academy Awards.