The 2018 Oscars Embrace Diversity Like Never Before

2018 Oscars will be more diverse than previous editions.

The 2018 Oscars will include a range of new and diverse talent.

This year’s Oscar nominations are one for the history books, as diversity reigns supreme in almost every movie category. The majority of the 2018 Oscar nominations include actors and directors never before recognized for their achievements in this manner. Not only that, but it seems that the ceremony is poised to break one of its unwritten traditions of nominating white artists, something that was faced with backlash in the past.

Jordan Peele, the director of the hit movie. Get Out, became the first African- American to ever be nominated for writing, directing, and Best Picture in the same year.

Records will be broken by Dee Rees as well, who is the first African-American woman to be nominated for an adapted screenplay for her movie, Mudbound. Her colleague, Rachel Morrison, managed to snag a nomination for best cinematography, making her the first woman to ever be nominated in this category.

The director of Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig, is the fifth woman to be nominated for best directing, no small feat considering this was her directorial debut.

For those who think that the Oscars is nothing more than a ceremony that targets “artsy” films, you’ll be happy to know that Logan became the first live-action superhero movie to ever be nominated in a writing category.

What’s more noteworthy is that Mexican director, Guillermo del Toro, managed to amass 13 nominations for his movie, The Shape of Water. Del Toro recently won for Best Director at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony.

However, the 2018 Oscars event was changed due to increased backlash stemmed from previous editions. In 2016, people criticised the Academy for being a predominantly white organization.

The #OscarsSoWhite movement caused the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce that it would be doubling the number of minorities and women by 2020. In 2017, 774 new members were admitted into the Academy, with 39 percent of them being female, and 30 percent people of color.

„You’re seeing a systemic problem that has been exposed, and hopefully we’ll rectify it,” one new Academy member told media outlets.

The 2018 Oscars is set to kick off on March 4.

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