The Academy Award Winners for best actor/actress in lead and supporting roles were a diverse set of individuals. Hollywood has been known for its predominantly white winners and nominees especially in the years 2014 and 2015 where every nominee in these categories was white.
The 2019 Oscars broke out of this trend, and had winners such as Regina King, Mahershala Ali, and Rami Malek . King is one of eight black women to win an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role.
Ali is not new to the role of best supporting actor. He won the Oscar back in 2016 for the film Moonlight. He is not only one of five black men to win this award, but he was also the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.
Malek is a first generation citizen whos parents immigrated from Egypt. He mentioned this in his acceptance speech while receiving his Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Academy Award winners for best actor/actress are:
Best actor in a leading role: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Best actress in a leading role: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best actor in a supporting role: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best actress in a supporting role: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk