The 2017 Academy Awards are just days away and this year’s nominees are blacker than ever!

Just a year after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy has made it a point to make this year as diverse as possible. This year’s nominees include greats like multiple Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and breakout star of the year, Mahershala Ali.

In honor of Black Excellence, check out our gallery of black actors who have taken home the Oscar.