The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were revealed on Tuesday morning and when the nominees for Best Supporting Actress were announced, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer made history.
Davis, Harris, and Spencer were nominated for their work in Fences, Moonlight, and Hidden Figures, respectively.
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) and Nicole Kidman (Lion) are vying for the coveted golden statue in the Best Supporting Actress category, as well.
But what makes this moment so unique and special is it's the first time three black women have been nominated in an acting category, the first time three black women have been distinct nominees in any category, and the first time three black people have been distinct nominees in any category. Yep, it's the first time black people are the majority in a category at the Oscars.
At least three people of color have been nominated in acting categories before...
...and although there's still work to be done until people of all races are fairly represented by the crown jewel of film awards, the nominations of these black women is particularly celebratory considering the #OscarsSoWhite talk that dominated past awards seasons.
A lot of people were ecstatic about the news.
A great thing indeed.
Here's to black women finally getting some recognition.
The 89th Academy Awards will air on Feb. 26, 2017.
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