The 89th Annual Academy Awards was probably the most talked about event of the year so far (besides Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj).

The American people gathered around their televisions, phones and computers to escape some of the intense drama happening in our nation. People watched the Oscars this year, following last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, in hopes to experience something new, something groundbreaking and something profound.

With all of the internal changes the Academy has made (including inviting a record number of new participants and extending offers to 683 film industry professionals from 59 countries. Forty-six percent of invitees were female, while 41 percent were people of color) it’s slowly but surely starting to reflect in the big show.

Check out some of the ways the 2017 Academy Awards made history.

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