The Academy Awards is one of the most popular film awards in the world. It is a time to recognize and honor the best cinematic performances and technical works during the year. Of course, there are many factors (beyond acting or technical ability) that affect the determination of who is nominated and who actually goes home with an award.
If life imitates art, then one can say that the Academy Awards represents important events or issues in the United States and how American society is evolving. Race and racial issues have been major themes shown in movies and addressed by the Academy in the awards its gives in any given year.
This can be seen in the Oscars that were awarded in the 85 years that the Academy Awards has existed. The history is quite exciting and revealing. Take a look at the African Americans who have been graced by an award from the Academy. They made history—in the movies and in real life!