Oscars 2018: The Actors Of Color Who Might Be Nominated Tomorrow

January 22, 2018

by Daniel Orubo 

Last year was a truly great year for people of color at the Academy Awards. Not only did Moonlight deservingly win Best Picture, Viola Davis (Fences) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) also took home their first-ever Oscars for memorable supporting acts.

Great winners aside, even the nominations list was noteworthy: a record number of people of color were nominated in various categories. Sadly, this year doesn’t seem to be heading in the same direction at all...

Viola Davis with her 'Best Supporting Actress' Oscar for Fences (Photo: Pop Sugar)

For starters, there is no woman of color in the running for a Best Actress nomination — unlike last year where we had Ruth Negga (Loving) and Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) in contention. Thankfully, the other categories seem to be a little bit better.

So, with the Oscar nominations set to be announced on Tuesday, January 23, we’ve decided to highlight some actors of color who we expect to be honored for their work, and some who might not be but totally deserve it. From Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya to Girls Trip’s Tiffany Haddish, here are our picks:

Best Actor

With Golden Globes, Critics Choice, BAFTA and SAG nominations under his belt, we fully expect the talented Daniel Kaluuya to land a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his subtle yet powerful work in Jordan Peele’s hit satire, Get Out.

As for Denzel Washington, while his movie, Roman J. Israel, Esq., has received mixed reviews from critics, his transformative performance received universal praise. So, it would be crazy to rule out the two-time winner, who was just nominated last year for Fences.

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Best Supporting Actress

This is the category that might end up being most diverse – with four talented women of color in contention. Right now, the surest things feel like Mary J. Bligefor her understated performance in Mudbound and Octavia Spencer for her scene-stealing turn in The Shape Of Water.

The other two actresses of color vying for a nomination are Girls Trip’s breakout star, Tiffany Haddish and Downsizing’s only bright spot, the luminous Hong Chau.We have our fingers crossed for Tiffany Haddish to get it though, a la Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids.

Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Best Supporting Actor

There are three actors of color who have had their names floating around this category since awards season began While none of them feel like sure things, the most likely to get a nomination is Jason Mitchell for his standout performance in Mudbound.

The other two, who could very well surprise and sneak in there, are Idris Elba for his charismatic performance in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game, and John Boyega for his career-best turn in Katheryn Bigelow’s Detroit.

Jason Mitchell in Mudbound (Photo: Netflix)Like Ko


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