AS OSCARS NEAR, ‘THEY’VE GOTTA HAVE US’ LOOKS AT BLACK HISTORY IN THE MOVIES

Five years after the birth of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, the Academy Awards air this Sunday with few people of color among its highest-profile nominees, reigniting questions about the industry's push toward greater inclusion and commitment to change.

In this Jan. 31, 2019, file photo Don Cheadle, a cast member in the Showtime series "Black Monday," poses for a portrait during the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Five years after the birth of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, the Academy Awards air this Sunday with few people of color among its highest-profile nominees, reigniting questions about the industry’s push toward greater inclusion and commitment to change.

Yet as a documentary about black history in movies reminds us, the Oscars provide only one of the more visible and symbolic manifestations of where and how progress needs to be made.

Produced for the BBC and available beginning Wednesday on Netflix, “They’ve Gotta Have Us” — a three-part documentary by filmmaker and photographer Simon Frederick — begins with the Oscars, showing “Moonlight’s” breakthrough best-picture win and other victories for black talent, including Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and Jordan Peele (for writing “Get Out”).

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