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Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, And Octavia Spencer Have Made Oscars History

Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, And Octavia Spencer Have Made Oscars History

Finally, a bit of representation.

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were revealed on Tuesday morning and when the nominees for Best Supporting Actress were announced, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer made history.

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were revealed on Tuesday morning and when the nominees for Best Supporting Actress were announced, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer made history.

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At least three people of color have been nominated in acting categories before…

At least three people of color have been nominated in acting categories before...

For example, at the 1984 Academy Awards Adolph Caesar (A Soldier’s Story), Noriyuki “Pat” Morita (The Karate Kid), and Haing S. Ngor (The Killing Fields) were all nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, with Ngor winning the award.

The same goes for the 2003 broadcast, too. Benicio Del Toro (21 Grams), Djimon Hounsou (In America), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) were all nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category.

And finally, it happened at the 2006 show, as well. Adriana Barraza (Babel), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) were all up for the Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category, where Hudson ultimately won the award.

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