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Denzel Washington is the only black nominee in the best actor category, nominated for "Fences." Similarly, Ruth Negga, nominated for "Loving," is the only black nominee in the best actress category.
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CBS News reported that the nominations are the first time at least one black actor has been nominated in all acting categories and the tally is the highest it's been at six total, beating the 2005 record of five, which was the same number of black nominees in the acting categories in 2007.
The Academy Awards was heavily criticized on social media in 2015 and 2016 with the trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The criticism, along with a number of Hollywood actors boycotting the 2016 show, may have led to historic changes in the academy's voting membership.
Fandango correspondent Chris Witherspoon told CBS News that "2017 will go down as a historic year for black actors in film. It’s remarkable to see the academy voters embracing diversity like never before."