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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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The NAACP Praises Diversity At The 90th Oscars


Daniel Kaluuya, Oscar-nominated for playing Chris in Jordan Peele's Best Picture Oscar nominee "Get Out".  Mr. Kaluuya won an NAACP Image Award in January for his performance in the film. Universal Pictures
       
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Today in a press release the NAACP praised the Academy's inclusion and diversity among its nominees and winners on Sunday, making special note of "the positive characters of color that are increasingly being portrayed on the big screen."

Long the sole awards show to represent and honor Black people and people of color in general, the NAACP's Image Awards produced winners back in January who were also nominated, or won Oscars on Sunday. 

Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board Of Directors said in part, "The NAACP is delighted that so many of the Oscar nominees reflect the exceptional work of people of color.

"The importance of having and recognizing diversity both in front of and behind the camera can't be overstated.  To have so many Oscar nominees who were also this year's image Awards winners is a true testament ot the work we've been doing.  We also congratulate Image Award winner Jordan Peele for being only the third person in Academy Awards history (90 years - this writer's words in parentheses) to be nominated for directing, writing and producting in the same year, and for being the first Black screenwriter to win an Oscar in the best original screenplay category."

The NAACP Image Awards is held every January.  Most recently Jordan Peele won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay ("Get Out") at the Image Awards.  The Awards are televised live on TV One.

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