Are the Oscars too white

Oscars not quite as white anymore

Mahershala Ali for "Moonlight", Viola Davis for "Fences": After two years in which only white actors and actresses were nominated for the Oscar, the two black actors have now won the trophy.

In a long-term comparison of the award winners, they are the exception. Of the 342 winners for leading or supporting roles since 1928, seven percent were members of ethnic minorities. This value differs greatly from category to category.

In the category of the best leading actress, a non-white actress won first: Halle Berry received the Oscar in 2002 for her role in "Monster's Ball". The proportion is highest among supporting actresses: Slightly more than every tenth award winner is from an ethnic minority.

The lack of diversity in Hollywood has turned into loud criticism in the past two years and has been released on Twitter under the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. In response to this, the Oscar jury was increased in advance and received 683 new members - including many women and members of ethnic minorities. With the awards for Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis, the cumulative share of non-white Oscar winners is now seven percent.

"What a difference a year can make," said Cheryl Boone Isaacs while taking the class photo at the pre-award ceremony for the Oscar nominees' traditional lunch. She should also be right after the award ceremony - at least for 2017. (gart, 02/27/2017)