#Oscarsnotsowhite: What's different about the 2017 Academy Awards
A year can change alot of things; for the Academy Awards, it's the number of nominees announced today. Take Two discusses why the Oscars are no longer so white.
The 2016 Academy Awards took alot of heat for its lack of nominees of color. The Oscars look very different this year.
Ruth Negga ... to name a few.
The way the Academy made the announcement also changed for 2017. Rather than a live event with reporters present, it was a staged, highly produced presentation.
For more on this big day in the race for the Oscars, Take Two's Alex Cohen spoke with Rebecca Keegan, Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair.
On the differences that were seen in this year's list of nominees
"Certainly, diversity has been a conversation at the academy and about the academy for years, but this year's nominees have so many people of color across such a range of categories. Cinematographer, directors of documentaries and of course the many many actors of color... It's really dramatic after two years of #OscarsSoWhite."
On why these changes occurred
"Basically they're responding or trying to respond to the movies that Hollywood makes. The academy is in many ways dependent on what is coming out of the studios. So what you saw this year is that the studios actually had a lot of films that had people of color, both behind the camera and in front of the camera. And the academy. is getting more diverse itself, recognizing many of those films. So you have a combination of the movies were there, they had good Oscar campaigns, they had good performances and the academy itself is also evolving in its make up."
Cohen also spoke with Kimberly Steward. She is one of the producers of the film "Manchester by the Sea" starring Casey Affleck.
This was her first feature film after her production company made a documentary about black photographers. After she read the screenplay, she says deciding to get involved with Manchester was a no brainer.
On being a black woman nominated for an Academy Award
"I hope to honor this opportunity as an example for other young black female filmmakers that want to pursue their dream of making film. I think this is beyond anything that I could have ever dreamed of. I hope that I use this opportunity as an opportunity to share with everyone and inspire anyone else around me who doesn't honestly believe that they can do something like this. They can be involved in a project. I think that showing diversity on camera is important but also behind the camera is just as important."
Answers have been edited for clarity.
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