Hollywood stars will be wearing black on Saturday’s Academy Awards, which will be the first time in years that no white people will take the podium.
The stars include Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson and Meryl Streep.
They will be joined by a host of other stars, including Tom Hanks, Kate Hudson and John Legend.
The event will be broadcast live on the US television network NBC, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
The awards show will be held on Sunday morning on the CBS network.
The BBC said the “black power” theme would be used in a “touristic” and “political” context.
“Black power is not only about power,” said the broadcaster’s executive producer, Richard Moore.
Celebrities will be given a platform to express their views, but they will be asked to refrain from political and racial statements.”
We believe that this award will be a chance for all the people of the United States and around the world to show our collective love and support for each other.”
Celebrities will be given a platform to express their views, but they will be asked to refrain from political and racial statements.
The stars who will be on the red carpet include Jennifer Lopez, Lena Dunham, and Amy Schumer.
In a statement, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) said: “It is an honour to represent the Academy at the Oscars and we are thrilled to be working with NBCUniversal and the Academy to create this groundbreaking ceremony.”
It said the nominations would be announced on Thursday morning.
The Oscars have been held every four years since 1901.
“We will celebrate diversity in Hollywood with a celebration of the diversity of America,” said Oscar-winning producer Ava DuVernay.
“We are going to have the biggest celebration of diversity in our country ever.
We are also going to see more diverse films than ever before.”
And we’re going to be celebrating the people who are doing the work that’s creating that diversity.
“But we’re also going get a message to our kids and to our parents: that we are here to represent you.”
“It’s a celebration that is inclusive, it’s inclusive of all types of people, not just those who are wealthy and powerful,” she said.
“The Oscar is not a place for everybody to sit on a red carpet.” ABC/wires