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TORONTO — When the names of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were read out early Thursday morning, there was an obvious lack of non-white actors and filmmakers.

Ava DuVernay’s film Selma was nominated for Best Picture but she was snubbed in the Best Directing category. She would have been only the fourth black director to earn an Oscar nomination — and the first black woman.

A black filmmaker has never won Best Directing — and only three have ever been nominated.

The Selma nomination did make history, though. The Best Picture award is presented to a film’s producers, so Oprah Winfrey becomes the first black woman nominated in the category.

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Last year, Steve McQueen became the first black producer to accept the Oscar for Best Picture.

In the acting categories this year, all of the 20 nominees are non-white.


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