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Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Oscars will take place on February 28th, and many celebrities are boycotting it for the “lack of diversity” among winners. Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett, are among two of the celebrities who recently announced they will be boycotting the Oscars.

Jada wrote on Twitter, “We are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”

What the Smiths, and the other celebrities joining the boycott, refuse to acknowledge is that over the years black actors and filmmakers have won many respectable awards at the Oscars.

Below is a list of nominees and winners, first published online by Independent Review:

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Denzel Washington, “Training Day” (2001) — He also was voted America’s Favorite Movie Star in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2014.
Jamie Foxx, “Ray” (2004)
Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland” (2006)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Morgan Freeman, “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
Benicio del Toro, “Traffic” (2001)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Halle Berry, “Monster’s Ball” (2001)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls” (2006)
Mo’Nique, “Precious” (2009)
Octavia Spencer, “The Help” (2011)
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

BEST ART DIRECTION

Timmy Yip, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
‘Brigitte Broch, “Moulin Rouge!” (2001)
Eugenio Caballero, “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Peter Pau, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
Guillermo Navarro, “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)
Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi” (2012)
Claudio Miranda, “Gravity” (2013)
Claudio Miranda, “Birdman” (2014)

BEST MAKEUP

Beatrice De Alba, “Frida” (2002)

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity” (2013)
Alejandro González Iñárritu “Birdman” (2014)
Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” (2012)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ang Lee, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
Yojiro Takita, “Departures” (2008)
Juan José Campanella, “The Secret in Their Eyes” (2009)
Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation” (2011)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Audrey Marrs, “Inside Job” (2010)
T. J. Martin, “Undefeated” (2012)
Best Documentary Short Subject
Ruby Yang, “The Blood of Yingzhou District” (2006)
Roger Ross Williams, “Music by Prudence” (2009)
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, “Saving Face” (2011)

BEST EDITING

Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity” (2013)
Tom Cross, “Whiplash” (2015)
Best Original Score
Tan Dun, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
Gustavo Santaolalla, “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
Gustavo Santaolalla, “Babel” (2006)
A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Juicy J, Frayser Boy, DJ Paul, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow” (2005)
Common and John Legend, “Glory” from “Selma” (2014)
Jorge Drexler, “”Al otro lado del río” from “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004)
A.R. Rahman, Gulzar, “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Robert Lopez, “Let it Go” from “Frozen” (2013)

BEST PICTURE

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” (2013)
Alejandro González Iñárritu “Birdman” (2014)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Hayao Miyazaki, “Spirited Away” (2002)

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Kunio Kato, “La Maison En Petits Cubes” (2008)
Shaun Tan, “The Lost Thing” (2010)

BEST SOUND MIXING

Willie D. Burton, “Dreamgirls” (2006)
Resul Pookutty, “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious” from “Push” by Sapphire (2009)
John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave” from “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup (2013)

BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bó, “Birdman” (2014)

The Academy Awards don’t appear to have shown much favoritism over the years, but celebrities who claim white racism must have never seen this list.

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