Seven of the Oscar nominees competing in the acting categories this year are non-white, one year after the Academy Awards failed to nominate a single non-white actor for its top prize.
Denzel Washington,(pictured above with Viola Davis) a two-time Oscar winner for Glory and Training Day, is nominated for Best Actor for his turn in Fences while newcomer Ruth Negga is nominated for her role in Loving.
Negga, 35, was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is half Irish and half Ethiopian.
Ruth NeggaIn Best Supporting Actor, Mahershala Ali of Moonlight (left) and Dev Patel of Lion (right) both picked up nominations.Winner and a newbie: Octavia Spencer (left) was nominated for Hidden Figures and will take on Naomie Harris (right) for her turn in Moonlight
It is not just the individual nominees either, with the films Fences, Moonlight, Lion and Hidden Figures all receiving Best Picture nominations as well.
And Barry Jenkins is nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight.
Jenkins is just the third black director to be nominated, following John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood), Lee Daniels (Precious), and Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).
McQueen won the Oscar.
August Wilson also received a posthumous nomination for writing the screenplay for Fences, which is based on his Pulitzer Prize winning-play.
Two-time nominee: Barry Jenkins (above) is nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight
Bradford Young became the second black nominee for Best Cinematography for his work on Arrival (Remi Adefarasin was the first when he was nominated for Elizabeth in 1998), while Joi McMillon is the first black woman nominated for Best Editing for her work alongside Nat Sanders in Moonlight (Hugh A. Robertson was nominated for his work in Midnight Cowboy in 1998).
Source: DailyMail UK