Feb 27, 2017

2017 Oscars

Hollywood shined last night at the 89th Annual Academy Awards. It was filled with fashion and glamour from our favorite stars. Janelle Monae for sure was the best to me in a Ellie Saab gown. The night kept getting better when Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Moonlight,” which also won for Best Picture. Viola Davis took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal in "Fences" becoming the first black woman to win an Oscar, Tony and Emmy. Mahershela Ali became the first black muslim actor to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his stunning role in “Moonlight” and director Ezra Edelman won alongside filmmaker Caroline Waterlow for Best Documentary Feature for “O.J.: Made in America.” 

While success in the number of front-of-camera roles is important in regards to representation and visibility, having people of color hired for positions behind-the-camera is also imperative and can help to determine the types of stories and experiences that are told through film in the first place. We have to continue to shine a light on our stars.


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