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Standing Out: Women of Color Nominated for the 2020 Oscars


Many thought the Academy Awards would continue diversifying their nominees after the #OscarsSoWhite fiasco in 2015 and 2016. However, the Award show fell back into its old and divisive habits by nominating most of the awards to white film productions. But there are still a few women of color who were able to push back against inclusion. Their nominations prove that no matter the odds, hard work and greatness will always be recognized.

Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo is nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in the movie Harriet, and Original Song in her performance of the song Stand Up. The movie Harriet is a retelling of the historical American figure Harriet Tubman, a former slave who conducted the Underground Railroad and led slaves to freedom.

Siqi Song

Siqi Song is the Director of the animated short called Sister, which is the story of a man who thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in 1990s China.

Rosanna Sullivan

Rosanna Sullivan directed the Academy Award-nominated animated short Kitbull, a story about a stray kitten and an abused pit bull, who form an unlikely friendship.

Waad Al-Kateab


Waad Al- Kateab is the director of For Sama, a movie that is nominated for Best Documentary at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. The documentary is about the director herself, depicting her life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to her daughter Sama.

Smriti Mundhra

Producer Smriti Mundhra’s movie St.Louis Superman is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. The movie is centered around Bruce Franks Jr, a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who served as state house representative of the 78th District for two terms.

Meryam Joobeur

 Director Meryam Joobeur’s movie Brotherhood is nominated for Best Live Action Short Film. The movie explores the tension within a Tunisian family when a man returns home after several years with a Syrian wife.