There have been a lot of historic firsts at the Academy Awards recently. Long derided as a fusty institution presided over by a bunch of old white men, Hollywood’s glitziest annual gala has been trying to give itself an overhaul, after being caught out by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy seven years ago.
Back in 2015, that viral hashtag exposed the woeful lack of racial diversity among nominees in the major award categories, including an acting slate that was entirely white. When the same thing happened again in 2016, prompting calls for a boycott, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) was pressured to act.
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