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Explore the changing racial breakdown of Oscars nominees

<p>Oscar awards that were presented to winners at an Academy Award presentation were displayed at "Meet the Oscars" on Feb. 12, 2007, in the Times Square Studios in New York City. The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place March 4, 2018.&nbsp;</p>

Oscar awards that were presented to winners at an Academy Award presentation were displayed at "Meet the Oscars" on Feb. 12, 2007, in the Times Square Studios in New York City. The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place March 4, 2018. 

After a three-year drought in diversity of best actor and best actress nominees, the 2018 Academy Awards have brought two non-white best actor nominees, Denzel Washington and Daniel Kaluuya, as well as two non-white actresses in a supporting role nominees, Mary J. Blige and Octavia Spencer.

While many people see the increase in racial diversity from previous years as progress, the proportions of nominees who are racial minorities do not match up with actual proportions of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, especially among Asians and Latinos.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about the changing racial landscape of the Academy Awards and the ways diversity may be lagging, based on information from U.S. Census data and ABC's official Oscars webpage, oscar.go.com.

Christine Fernando

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