Last year's Academy Awards was criticized for the lack of diversity represented in its nominations. A popular Twitter hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, sparked a discussion about the need for more recognition of black and other minority players in Hollywood.
Denzel Washington is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in "Fences."
Ruth Negga is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in "Loving."
Naomie Harris is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for her appearance in "Moonlight."
Octavia Spencer is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "Hidden Figures."
Viola Davis is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "Fences."
Mahershala Ali is nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "Moonlight."
Ava DuVernay's "13th" is nominated for Best Documentary Feature. This is her first Academy Award nomination.
Raoul Peck and Hébert Peck are both nominated, along with Rémi Grellety, for Best Documentary Feature for "I Am Not Your Negro."
Barry Jenkins is nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for "Moonlight."
Joi McMillon is nominated for film editing for "Moonlight."
Roger Ross Williams' "Life, Animated" is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
Bradford Young is nominated for Best Cinematography for "Arrival."