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Oscars 2017: Barry Jenkins Is The 4th Ever Black Best Director Nominee

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins made history Tuesday morning by earning a very important trio of Oscar nominations.

Prior to this year, no African-American filmmaker had been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and one of the screenplay awards. In this case, Best Adapted Screenplay for the same film. Jenkins was named among the contenders for all three for “Moonlight,” which picked up a total of eight nominations, including Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

There are more opportunities for Jenkins to make Oscars history, too. Should he walk away from the Academy Awards next month with the directing trophy, he would be the first black man to win in that category.


Jenkins is only the fourth African-American man to be nominated for Best Director in the Academy’s history. No black director has ever won the Oscar, though McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave did win best picture. (He lost the best director prize to Gravity‘s Alfonso Cuarón.)

Jenkins’ film is also competing for best picture, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and other Oscars.


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