Since the Oscar nominations were announced almost two weeks ago, controversy has erupted over the AMPAS’ continued lack of diversity. From calls to boycott the ceremony to massive changes within the Academy itself, ScreenCrush has assembled a video that illuminates the issue, while honoring the actors and actresses who have earned the praise and acknowledgement of their industry.
As ScreenCrush notes, their video shows how "in 87 years of Academy Awards, just 14 men and women of color have earned Oscars for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, or Supporting Actress." These performances include Hattie McDaniel in "Gone with the Wind," Sidney Poiter in "Lilies in Fields," Denzel Washington in both "Glory" and "Training Day," Halle Berry in "Monster’s Ball," and, most recently, Lupita Nyong’o in "12 Years a Slave." Intercut with the footage are the winner’s acceptance speeches, all of whom advocate others to follow their dreams, even when the odds seem to be stacked against them.