"Members of the Academy called in to the studio and our producers saying, 'How dare they do that?'," said Oyelowo.
The exemption could level the playing field for some Black filmmakers, but only briefly.
In 2018, their Higher Ground production company landed a multiyear contract with Netflix to produce exclusive content.
Laid edges, natural hairstyles, and bright hues were main fixtures on this red carpet.
The singer kicked off the show with a shout-out to Black History Month, female filmmakers, LGBTQIA community and a cameo from Billy Porter.
A tweet by the iconic writer on how he sees diversity when using his Oscar nomination vote has left a bad taste in the mouths of many.
Issa Rae Highlighted The Lack Of Women In This Year’s Oscar Nominees For Best Director: 'Congrats To Those Men'
The Academy is being criticized for its lack of women and people of color nominees in this year's ceremony.
The "Harriet" star and ESSENCE cover girl was nominated for best actress and best original song at the 2020 Academy Awards.
The Academy shared the list of contenders in categories like original song, animated short film and international feature film.
“It’s an honor and a thrill to join forces to deliver an entertaining show that celebrates the artistry of this year’s best films,” she said in a statement
The Academy disqualified the film based on the rule that entries in the Best International Feature Film category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” English is one of the official languages of Nigeria.
Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Keke Palmer, Eddie Murphy and more were spotted at the black-tie gala.
The Academy Adds Letitia Wright, Sterling K. Brown Plus Hundreds of Women And People of Color Members
The 2019 class makeup is 50 percent women and 29 percent people of color.
A major Black history moment was made tonight with this honor.
History has been made!
Take a look at our red carpet gallery of all the amazing divas who showed up and showed OUT for this year’s Academy Awards!
"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Kumail Nanjiani announced the nominees bright and early Tuesday morning.
Wins in any of the respective categories would mark the first time many of the cast and crew members have received an Oscar Award.