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7 Black Winners makes History at Oscars

On last Sunday 7 black artists won Oscars, topping the previous record of five se two years ago. Mahershala Ali and Regina King won two supporting actor categories, for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book”.

Writer-director Spike Lee earned his career first competitive Oscar for co-writing “BlackKklansman” – his co-writers include another African American winner, Kevin Willmott. Also, “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth Carter and production designer Hannah Beachler became the first black winners in their categories-as did Peter Ramsey, one of five winners for “Spiderman-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” as Best Animated Feature.

However in 2016 the record for black Oscar winners was when five black artists won: supporting actors Viola Davis for “Fences” and Mahershala Ali for Moonlight,” documentary feature director-producer Ezra Edelman for “O.J. made in America,” and screenwriters Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for Moonlight. 

There was a record-shattering list of 928 were invited to join the Academy last year-following 683 new members in 2016, and then a new record 774 members in 2017. It was the third year of concerted effort by the Academy to identify and invite more women and nonwhite members to join the organization.

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