PHOTOS: Black Nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards

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.

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Denzel Washington is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in "Fences."
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Ruth Negga is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in "Loving."
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Naomie Harris is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for her appearance in "Moonlight."
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Octavia Spencer is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "Hidden Figures."
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Viola Davis is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "Fences."
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Mahershala Ali is nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "Moonlight."
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Ava DuVernay's "13th" is nominated for Best Documentary Feature. This is her first Academy Award nomination.
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Raoul Peck and Hébert Peck are both nominated, along with Rémi Grellety, for Best Documentary Feature for "I Am Not Your Negro."
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Barry Jenkins is nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for "Moonlight."
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Joi McMillon is nominated for film editing for "Moonlight."
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Roger Ross Williams' "Life, Animated" is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
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Bradford Young is nominated for Best Cinematography for "Arrival."
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