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Moonlight editor Joi McMillon on making movies & history

Sesali Bowen writes, "The Oscars are nearly upon us again. To say the energy around Hollywood’s prom feels different this year would be an understatement. After coming under intense scrutiny for their blatant lack of diversity, the Academy Awards made some changes to their membership that appear to be paying off. A record number of six Black actors have been nominated for awards this year, and 2017 marks the first year that a Black actor is nominated in all four acting categories. 

However, when we talk about diversity in Hollywood — something we’ve been doing a lot of lately — we’re often only talking about who we can see in front of the camera. Luckily, we have Joi McMillon to inspire us to tackle diversity on the back end as well. This year, McMillon made history when she became the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for editing in acknowledgment of her work on Moonlight."


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