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Hollywood is buzzing about this week's New Yorker cover, featuring an ambiguous face on an Academy Award, meant to exemplify the record-breaking diversity at this year's Oscars.

The cover represents a a conscience effort by The Academy to highlight diversity at this year's awards after two years of critical #OscarsSoWhite social media campaigns. The Academy, known for being mostly male and white, has added dozens of new, diverse faces to its roster and has included several films with diversity themes in some of the top prize categories, including Moonlight, Fences, Lion and Hidden Figures for best picture.

By the numbers: This year, six black actors are nominated for awards, a record, and with Dev Patel nominated for best actor in a supporting role, seven non-white actors are nominated — which ties 2007 for the most in Oscars history. Zero were nominated in 2015 and 2016. Per Time, a number of records have been shattered this year:

  • First year with three black nominees in one acting category
  • First black woman to be nominated for editing
  • 3 non-white writers nominated for best screenplay in the same year for the first time
  • 13 years since an Indian actor was last nominated
  • 2 black artists have been nominated for cinematography in Oscar history
  • First black artist to be nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay

Why it matters: Many believe Hollywood's diversity renaissance is occurring as a backlash to the diversity crisis in Washington. The majority of President Trump's cabinet is male and white and many of his actions, including the Muslim ban, reversal of Obama's transgender bathroom law, and asking a black reporter to set up a meeting for him to meet with her "friends" at the Congressional Black Caucus, are seen as insensitive towards diversity.

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10 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's inauguration signals a great American reset

President Biden prepares to walk the abbreviated parade route in front of the White House after the inauguration. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President Biden had exited his Cadillac with the new "46" license plates and was strolling a short stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue toward his new home when he spotted "Today" show weather legend Al Roker.

The big picture: Biden dropped Jill Biden's hand — no warning — and trotted over to the delighted Roker. POTUS gave Roker a fist bump and said, "Gotta keep doing this!" It was a very Joe moment in a day that was designed to signal a return to normality in a turbulent America.

Chuck Schumer is now majority leader as 3 new Democratic senators are sworn in

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is officially Senate majority leader after the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris and the swearing-in of new Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

Why it matters: With a 50-50 Senate, Schumer will control a narrow majority with Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democratic control of the Senate is crucial to President Biden's agenda, from getting his coronavirus relief proposal passed to forgiving student debt.

1 hour ago - Technology

QAnon faces the music

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Supporters of former President Donald Trump who thought he was about to stop the inauguration, seize power and crush his enemies were left blinking in the sunlight Wednesday as President Biden took the oath of office.

Why it matters: It's an inflection point for anyone who realizes they've been strung along by QAnon and related strands of pro-Trump magical thinking. They could either retreat from conspiracy theories or tumble deeper down the rabbit hole.

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