Press Release

NAACP Statement on the 2017 Academy Award Nominations

January 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA — The NAACP released the following statement following the announcement of the nominees for the 89th Annual Academy awards:

“The Academy Awards, a prestigious award show with great influence over the entertainment industry, has made significant progress in diversifying this year’s nominees. The NAACP is pleased to see that the nominees for best actor, best actress, best supporting actress and best supporting actor include actors of color.  

Together we have consistently demanded change throughout the entertainment industry overall and its practices and culture, and are beginning to receive it. More actors of color have received nominations for this year’s Academy Awards than ever before.  This is a huge step in the right direction from where the Academy Awards was this time last year and we commend them for their efforts to acknowledge worthy performances.

The NAACP Image Awards prides itself in recognizing the contributions that people of color have made to the acting and production industry each year. The 48th NAACP Image Awards shares 11 common nominees under the same categories with the 2017 Academy Awards. It took the Academy Awards 88 years to get here, but this is a move in the right direction.

There are far too many accomplished actors, directors and writers of color for the entertainment industry to continue to overlook them. We could no longer sit around and be silent about this and although there is still work to be done, the NAACP is happy that this year’s Academy Awards has taken a step in recognizing the work that actors of color bring to this industry as a whole.”

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.