A year after only white actors were nominated in the top four Academy Awards categories, prompting the #OscarsSoWhite boycott, a film about a young gay black man won best picture, a black man became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar and Viola Davis brought the audience to tears accepting her own best supporting actress award.
“This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender-conforming who don’t see themselves. We are trying to show you, you and us, so thank you, thank you, this is for you,” Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-screenwriter of “Moonlight,” said emotionally while accepting his share of the award for best adapted screenplay.
Four African-American actors were nominated in best acting categories; two won. Four films with diverse casts were up for best picture, and one, “Moonlight,” won in a dramatic about-face after a botched announcement initially gave the award to “La La Land.”
It was those diverse faces — and united ire from the host, announcers, and winners for President Donald Trump — that sewed the 89th Academy Awards together on Sunday. (NBC News)