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If Anyone Tells You the Oscars Are 'Too White,' Have Them Take a Look at This List


The 88th Annual Academy Awards haven't even happened yet, and there is a whirlwind of drama surrounding Hollywood's most star-studded night. Celebrities like Spike Lee and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have called for a boycott due to a lack of minority nominees.

So what have the past fifteen years looked like in terms of minority winners?

Take a look at this list of Black, Latino, and Asian winners of the Academy Awards since 2000:

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Denzel Washington, “Training Day” (2001) — He also was voted America's Favorite Movie Star in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2014.
  • Jamie Foxx, “Ray” (2004)
  • Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland” (2006)

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Image Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Morgan Freeman, “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
  • Benicio del Toro, “Traffic” (2001)

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Image Credit: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Halle Berry, “Monster's Ball” (2001)

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Image Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls” (2006)
  • Mo'Nique, “Precious” (2009)
  • Octavia Spencer, “The Help” (2011)
  • Lupita Nyong'o, “12 Years a Slave” (2013)

Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Best Art Direction

  • Timmy Yip, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
  • 'Brigitte Broch, “Moulin Rouge!” (2001)
  • Eugenio Caballero, “Pan's Labyrinth” (2006)

Best Cinematography

  • Peter Pau, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
  • Guillermo Navarro, “Pan's Labyrinth” (2006)
  • Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi” (2012)
  • Claudio Miranda, “Gravity” (2013)
  • Claudio Miranda, “Birdman” (2014)

Best Makeup

  • Beatrice De Alba, “Frida” (2002)

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity” (2013)
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu “Birdman” (2014)
  • Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
  • Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” (2012)

Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Ang Lee, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
  • Yojiro Takita, “Departures” (2008)
  • Juan José Campanella, “The Secret in Their Eyes” (2009)
  • Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation” (2011)

Best Documentary Feature

  • Audrey Marrs, “Inside Job” (2010)
  • T. J. Martin, “Undefeated” (2012)

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • Ruby Yang, “The Blood of Yingzhou District” (2006)
  • Roger Ross Williams, “Music by Prudence” (2009)
  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, “Saving Face” (2011)

Best Editing

  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity” (2013)
  • Tom Cross, “Whiplash” (2015)

Best Original Score

  • Tan Dun, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
  • Gustavo Santaolalla, “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
  • Gustavo Santaolalla, “Babel” (2006)
  • A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Best Original Song

  • Juicy J, Frayser Boy, DJ Paul, “It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow” (2005)
  • Common and John Legend, “Glory” from “Selma” (2014)
  • Jorge Drexler, “”Al otro lado del río“ from ”The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004)
  • A.R. Rahman, Gulzar, “Jai Ho” from "Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  • Robert Lopez, “Let it Go” from “Frozen” (2013)

Best Picture

  • Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” (2013)
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu “Birdman” (2014)

Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Best Animated Feature

  • Hayao Miyazaki, “Spirited Away” (2002)

Best Short Film (Animated)

  • Kunio Kato, “La Maison En Petits Cubes” (2008)
  • Shaun Tan, “The Lost Thing” (2010)

Best Sound Mixing

  • Willie D. Burton, “Dreamgirls” (2006)
  • Resul Pookutty, “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • Geoffrey Fletcher, “Precious” from “Push” by Sapphire (2009)
  • John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave” from “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup (2013)

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bó, “Birdman” (2014)

Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Despite the protests and boycott, the Oscars will continue this year.

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