Gwyneth Paltrow

How the race to the Oscars brought more diverse stars and style to this season's red carpets

How the race to the Oscars brought more diverse stars and style to this season's red carpets

Instead of being a symbol of exclusion, this year’s red carpets have slowly reinforced the message that glamour comes in many colors, shapes and sizes. More ethnically and physically diverse nominees are arriving as better, more substantive and more award-worthy parts are being written and recognized.

After two years of no nominations for actors of color, this year’s Academy Awards nominations include seven minority actors. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington (“Fences”) and first-time Oscar nominee Ruth Negga (“Loving”), the Ethiopian-Irish actress who was raised in Ireland, are on this diverse list of nominees.

Some designers and expert observers say they hope that as...

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