Two years after #OscarsSoWhite made headlines, this years ceremony had some pretty significant wins and moments that will go down in black history. Last night at the 2017 Oscar ceremony Viola Davis took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rose Maxson in Fences. Viola joins the other 15 African American actors who have won an Oscar. That’s right there has only been 16 African American actors, 8 men and 8 woman, to win an Oscar in 89 years. Now Ms. Davis is the first African American Woman to win an Oscar, Emmy, and a Tony. Now that’s black girl magic. Check out her acceptance speech below:
Mahershala Ali becomes the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. He won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight as Juan. Ali is the eighth black man to win an Academy Award. Check out his acceptance speech below:
Outside of the acting awards, Ezra Edelman wins Best Documentary Feature for his documentary Oj Made In America. He not only dedicated his award to Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, but he also dedicated his award to victims of police brutality. “It is also for others, the victims of police violence, police brutality, racially motivated violence and criminal injustice, he sad. “This is their story , as well as Ron and Nicole’s.” While I do not have a video of his acceptance speech, here he is on the Oscars red carpet speaking on the documentary.
The Hidden Figures cast brought Katherine Johnson on stage to honor her and she received a standing ovation. At 98 years old Mrs. Johnson is still serving honey. Take a look below:
Our last moment but defiantly not our least, comes not from a celebrity but a man named Gary from Chicago and his fiancé Vicki. They were with a group of tourist that so happened to be on Hollywood Blvd. that thought they were going to see an Oscars exhibit but instead got to go to the actual ceremony! Take a look below, skip to the 2:10 mark and be prepared to laugh: