‘Finally, the Door Is Wide Open’: 2019 Oscars’ Big Winner Is Diversity as Spike Lee Leads Victory Parade

Courtney B. Vance, from left, Angela Bassett, Amatus Sami-Karim and Mahershala Ali, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for “Green Book,” attend the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)

#OscarsSoWhite seemed very, very far away on this year’s Oscar night.

Spike Lee jumped onstage into the arms of presenter Samuel L. Jackson, winning his first, non-honorary Oscar for adapted screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman.”

Ruth E. Carter, costume designer, and Hannah Beachler, production designer, became the first African-American women to win in their respective fields for their work on “Black Panther.”

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron took home three Oscars for “Roma”: best director, best cinematography and best foreign film.

Regina King won the best supporting actress award for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Mahershala Ali took best supporting actor for “Green Book,” the civil rights film that won best picture. “Bohemian Rhapsody” best actor winner Rami Malek talked from the stage of being “the son of immigrants from Egypt.”

For all the drama leading up to Oscars 2019, it proved to be a historic night of celebrating diversity – three years after the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a painful symbol for the lack of diversity in the film industry.