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The Oscars Devoted an Entire Montage to the Importance of Representation

Kumail Nanjiani’s contributions were the highlight.

With a couple of exceptions, the majority of the politically charged statements throughout the night were brought to us by host Jimmy Kimmel and the presenters, not the winners. But late into the Academy Awards, the producers dedicated an entire segment to the representation of women, people of color, and the queer community via a moving montage. In it, the likes of Greta Gerwig, Barry Jenkins, Lee Daniels, and Salma Hayek stressed the importance of diverse storytelling and what it means to be able to see one’s self reflected on screen.

The highlight of the moving montage was definitely Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani, who cracked wise but was also poignant, describing his love of movies made by white men about white men—and how now he looks forward to white male audiences being able to see his own stories and have them identify with him in turn.

Read more in Slate about the Oscars.