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January 17, 2014

The Good White Folks of the Academy*

by Azad Alik
A scene from "12 Years a Slave." From left: Lupita Nyongo, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor (http://goo.gl/w5cijB)

A scene from “12 Years a Slave.” From left: Lupita Nyongo, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor (http://goo.gl/w5cijB)

Willie Osterweil

The Academy Awards have made progress in terms of racial representation. This year a film about slavery is the clear front-runner in many of the major categories, and if “12 Years a Slave” or “Gravity” wins best picture, it would be the first time a movie by a nonwhite director takes the prize. It’s also possible that Lee Daniels (“The Butler”) could join Steve McQueen (“12 Years”) and Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) to make best director a majority-minority category for the first time ever.

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