#OscarsSoWhite to #OscarsLessWhite; diverse nominees stand out

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Oscar nominations on Tuesday honored the largest ever crop of actors of color along with a diverse range of stories, a year after Hollywood was slammed for excluding minority talent. The hashtag highlighted a larger issue within the film industry, where talent and stories of diverse communities can be hard to get made or are not pushed for awards recognition. This year, #OscarsLessWhite was trending on Twitter as each acting category featured actors of color: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for "Fences," Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris for "Moonlight," and Octavia Spencer for "Hidden Figures." "Loving" star Ruth Negga, of Irish-Ethiopian descent, and "Lion" actor Dev Patel, who is British and of Indian descent, were also nominated.

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