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>> Oscar nominations are out next month amid a flurry of top flight films featuring people of color. And prompting Reuters entertainment correspondent Jill Serjeant to profess one simple wish.>> Gosh, I hope there isn't another Oscars so white this year because I think there really would be a lot of outrage.
>> In the past two years, lauded performances in films such as Selma and Straight Outta Compton were shut out from top acting categories spawning the now notorious hashtag backlash. But there is little excuse for a three-peat. And several of this year's acclaimed films whether pure serendipity or by design are peppered with plenty of faces that aren't so white.
A top contender, The Critical Jam Moonlight, an independent film made for merely $1 million that's already wrapped up a slew of prizes.>> It's made with a virtually unknown cast. It has not a single white person in it, and yet it's not about race. It's about a young boy who happens to be black, growing up in Miami.
>> At the other end of the spectrum is Fences, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by August Wilson, which won Tony Awards for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.>> I ain't got a pot to piss in.>> Comes with a huge pedigree. And it's about, it's written by America's pre eminent black playwright.
>> Three true life tales round out other hopefuls. Hidden Figures sheds light on three unsung African American women who worked on NASA's early space mission.>> Let women do some things at NASA Mr Charleson. And it's not because we wear skirts.>> Lion, starring Dev Patel, follows an Indian child who's adopted by an Australian couple.
>> I need you.>> And Loving chronicles the pair behind the landmark Supreme Court case that overturned a ban on mixed marriages. One former front runner that's faded from view is Birth of a Nation, it's buzz clouded by past rape allegations against it's director.>> While some of this year's contenders were in production before the #OscarSoWhite backlash, their studios are making sure to throw plenty of money behind ad campaigns lobbying for Oscar consideration.