The Oscars and Inclusion

Fern, middle-aged with her dark hair cropped short and close to her head, is wandering through the Badlands National Park. With her white sneakers, she jumps about the rocks and looks around, discovering her surroundings. But at the same time, she seems tiny and lost in the maze of rock formations around her.

This is a scene from “Nomadland”, directed by Chloe Zhao, the first woman of color to win the award for best director at the Oscars this year. Other notable wins included Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) and Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”) for their supporting roles. Mia…