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The Oscars will take place this year on Sunday, Feb. 26 with Jimmy Kimmel hosting the event.

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Shelbie Cook, Managing Editor

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History was made early this week when the official nominations for the 89th Academy Awards (Oscars) were released Tuesday, Jan. 24. For the first time, a black actor was nominated in each acting category.

Due to the lack of diversity within recent years, and the trending of #OscarSoWhite last year on social media, Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, decided to add 638 new members to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Now, 46 percent of the members are women and 41 percent overall are people of color. In recent years, the outcome of The Academy was 75 percent men, and 92 percent overall were white.

“It makes me feel good to see such a multifaceted group of people get recognized,” the director of “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins said. “Moonlight” was nominated for 8 awards: Best Picture, Cinematography, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Writing (Adapted Screen Play), with actor Mahershala Ali nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role, and Naomie Harris nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role.

Jenkins himself was nominated for the Directing category, being the fourth black director to ever receive this nomination. Joi McMillion is also the first black woman to ever be nominated as an editor for the movie “Moonlight.”

Among others making history are “La La Land,” which is nominated for 14 Academy Awards, the third movie to ever get this many, right behind “Titanic” and “All About Eve,” Amazon, Google, and ESPN.

Amazon streamed the movie “Manchester by the Sea,” Google had its short film “Pearl,” while the five part documentary “OJ: Made in America” was released by ESPN, showing that diversity is certainly making a change, not just by those who are no inmates, but also by releasing platforms.

The Oscars will take place Sunday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. PST on ABC.

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