Diversity at the Oscars | Kwesé

Diversity at the Oscars

Diversity at the Oscars

14:30 SAST | 09 Mar 2017

In an historic first most of the nominees for best documentary were by African American filmmakers. One of those films was I am Not Your Negro, which is narrated by Samuel L Jackson and includes interviews and speeches from the novelist and civil rights activist James Baldwin, and in particular Baldwin’s unpublished writings about the assassinations of his friends Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. Kwesé viewers can learn about America’s civil rights movement in Betty and Coretta (Kwesé Movies 1), which tells of the friendship of the respective widows of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. 

O.J.: Made in America
I am Not Your Negro was highly acclaimed for highlighting injustice, past and present, towards African Americans. In the end it lost out to another African American production, O.J.: Made in America, about the life and murder trial of America football (NFL) legend OJ Simpson. For those interested in NFL football, Kwesé Free Sports brings you exclusive action from the National Football League (NFL).

Viola Davis: Best Supporting Actress
In the past two years no black actors were nominated for an Oscar, but this year a record six black actors received nominations, with Viola Davis winning Best Supporting Actress for her turn opposite Denzel Washington in Fences. You can catch the highly talented Viola Davis in Doubt (Kwesé Movies 1), which also features Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Moonlight: Best Picture
In the big story of the night Moonlight won Best Picture, with Mahershala Ali earning the film another gong for best supporting actor. Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. Moonlight is a fictional account of a young black man growing up in a tough Miami neighbourhood. It was a close run for Moonlight. At first veteran Hollywood pair Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced that La La Land had won Best Picture. In a scene worthy of a Hollywood comedy-drama La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz, holding the award in his hand, announced: “I’m sorry, there’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture.” Moonlight director Barry Jenkins came onstage enthusing: “Very clearly, even in my dreams this could not be true. But to hell with dreams, I’m done with it, because this is true.”

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