The 2019 Academy Awards are just a few sleeps away, and with Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman nominated for seven and six awards respectively, diversity in Hollywood is very much at the forefront of pre-Oscars buzz.
Every year a select number of Australian media travel to the US to cover tinsel town’s biggest night, and what’s really exciting about 2019 is that there’s some varied representation of cultures amongst that mix.
The Today show’s newest entertainment reporter Brooke Boney is already in LA, preparing to cover the awards event with Channel Nine’s veteran celeb news reporter, Richard Wilkins.
This year Brooke, a proud Gamilaroi woman, made headlines as the first Indigenous woman to join a regular presenting lineup on commercial breakfast TV in Australia.
Meanwhile E! Australia’s Oscars correspondent for social media coverage will be W by White Wolfe founder Tammy Christina, who is extremely proud of her Greek and Brazilian heritage as well as her unmissable curly hair.
While the US and UK media proudly regularly have talented women of colour reporting at major awards events including the Oscars, it’s refreshing and encouraging to see that this year it won’t only be the blonde haired, blue-eyed presenters (who are incredibly talented, don’t get me wrong) representing Australia on the red carpet.