Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, And Octavia Spencer Make Up The First-Ever Black Majority In An Oscars Category

Davis, Harris, and Spencer have all been nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 89th Academy Awards.

January 24, 2017
Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, And Octavia Spencer Make Up The First-Ever Black Majority In An Oscars Category Christopher Polk / Getty Images

On Tuesday morning, the nominees for the 2017 Oscars were revealed. La La Land tied a record with 14 nominations, while Barry Jenkins's Moonlight scored eight nominations, including a nod for Best Picture and Best Director.

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In the Best Supporting Actress category, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, and Octavia Spencer made history: their nominations are the first time three black women have been nominated together in an acting category, the first time three black women have been distinct nominees in any category, and, all told, the first time black people make up the majority of nominees in any Oscars category.

Three 6 Mafia won the award for Best Original Song in 2005 for "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," but the three members of the Memphis group counted as one single nomination. Davis is nominated for her role in Fences, Harris is nominated for Moonlight, and Spencer scored a nod for her work in Hidden Figures. The 2017 Oscars will air on February 26.

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Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, And Octavia Spencer Make Up The First-Ever Black Majority In An Oscars Category