Oscars 2017 Air Date, Predictions, Nominees, News & Update: The Most 'Colorful' & Historical Academy Awards Yet [PREDICTIONS]

By Danny Smith , Updated Dec 12, 2016 09:52 AM EST

The Oscars 2017 that will be held on Feb 26, 2017, will surely be "colorful" as a number of highly commended movies, which vie for the academy awards feature people of different colors. With movies that range from historical accounts of men and women fighting for dignity to Pulitzer Prize-winning family dramas, Oscars 2017 just might be a spectacular show.

According to Huffington Post, the 2016 Oscars was surrounded by controversy when the roster of academy nominees for acting was filled with all white people for the second year in a row. Further, all of the nominees of the eight awards for best picture were filled with white people too. But the list of the nominees for Oscars 2017 is a promising change.

According to prediction website editor Tom O'Neil, Oscar 2017 might just become historic. His prediction stated that all four Oscar awards for acting would likely end up in the hands of someone of color. What is exciting about the 2017 contenders is the range of topics, said Darnell Hunt, director of the Oscars 2017, that would negate the common Hollywood misconception that black films always deal about slavery and civil rights.

The Independent features another historical Oscar 2017 moment after the announcement that gender-fluid star Kelly Mantle is nominated for both Best Actor and Best Actress awards. Mantle who was born male stars in the indie film "Confessions of a Womanizer."

Among many others, Oscar 2017 features "Moonlight," a heartbreaking tale of a boy of color in Miami who suffered bullying and drugs. The poor boy is confused about his gender too. "Hidden Figures" is another Oscar-nominated film that tells the tale of three unrecognized African-American women mathematicians who were part of the team behind NASA's initial space missions. The movie "Lion" is the story of an Indian child adopted by an Australian couple after getting lost in Calcuta.

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