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A Brief History of Diversity (or Lack Thereof) at the Oscars
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced some changes to increase diversity among its members, after the glaring lack of diversity in this year's nominees rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. It's another case of too little, too late with the Academy, which has always been slow to recognize change and to embrace differences.
Though positioning itself as America's liberal conscience, Hollywood is about as out of step with the times as the republican presidential nominees, and not nearly as entertaining. Yet, there have been a few strides made in the Oscars's 88 year history--when people of color, or queer or gender-nonconforming people have been honored, or at the very least acknowledged, by the Academy.
Here, a brief history of inclusiveness at the Academy Awards. This is by no means a comprehensive history--for instance, gay screenwriters such as Alan Ball, Bill Condon, and Dustin Lance Black have snatched trophies--but rather, a little perspective on this whole blacklash.
Dust off your vintage Dior gown, kids, 'cause we're taking a trip through Oscar history.
GIFs and these moments that are so much bigger than me: Les Fabian Brathwaite