Five awards went to black people yesterday: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight, Moonlight for Best Picture, Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress for Fences, Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight, and Ezra Edelman alongside Caroline Waterlow for Best Documentary Feature for O.J.: Made in America.
For Davis and Ali, they also broke individual records with Davis becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy, Oscar and Tony for acting and Ali becoming the first black Muslim to win an Oscar.
Before this year, the most diverse group of winners was in 2009 when three black actors were awarded.
Following last year's #OscarsSoWhite, the Oscars were less white, but still have a ways to go in terms of diversity of all groups.
This year's pool of nominees was the most diverse the Academy has seen, which fits with the findings of the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report. The report found that Hollywood in general has improved, but still has progress to make, especially in regards to representation behind the camera. Discuss
The kids may not be all right after all—at least if "all right" means optimistic about the state of the United States.
A survey out today of kids ages 13 to 17 by the Associated Press’ NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that, when it comes to politics, teens are just about as pessimistic and cynical of politics as their parents.
The AP-NORC poll surveyed 790 people ranging from age 13 to 17 during December 2016.
Eighty percent of teenagers think Americans “are divided” about the country’s “most important values,” and “6 in 10 say the country is headed in the wrong direction.”
An incredibly low percentage (around 16) agrees that the government does a good job “promoting the well-being of all Americans.” And only a slightly higher percentage thinks the government accurately represents “most Americans' views.”
Probably the most striking finding centers around the values question. Not only do the vast majority of teens surveyed think Americans are divided, but they basically embrace the divide: Three in four “already have a party preference,” and only around 25 percent think they have “a lot in common” with people on the other side of the political aisle.
The only notable difference in teens and their parents is about the future. The younger generation is more optimistic (but not that much more, really). Some 56 percent of all teens in the survey “believe America's best days are ahead,” only a four percent increase compared to adults in another, previous AP-NORC poll. Discuss
Last night at the Academy Awards, audiences witnessed the most awkward moment in Oscar history: Somehow, the wrong film was announced for Best Picture. Evidently, presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were given a card that said “Emma Stone, La La Land” (she won Best Actress moments before), and in the confusion, thought La La Land had won Best Picture.
As the La La Land team began acceptance speeches, producer Jordan Horowitz was informed of the mistake, and took the mic to explain that Moonlight had actually won. Both of the teams behind the films handled the moment with graciousness and good senses of humor, despite all of the awkwardness and confusion playing out on live TV.
Host Jimmy Kimmel had the best reaction though: He blamed Steve Harvey.
The new, action-heavy trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 shows that you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the latest installment in the franchise. And, with themes like aging, millennial entitlement and cultural changes, it also looks like the heaviest Cars movie to date.