It's hard to tell how this year's vocal disapproval will either (1) create or green light projects that feature more diverse characters (2) create added attention to diverse performances.
While to topic of diversity was front and center, it really specifically focused on African-American, or more generally black actors.
It could be seen as patronizing the way prior black nominees and winners were paraded as presenters and in audience members.
That said, I wanted at this point in the season collect a list of potential black performances from the list of prior nominees and winners. I fully acknowledge that there are roles and performances excluded from below from actors who haven't received prior nomination. I also acknowledge that many of these performances could be assumed to be excluded from the running because of the nature of the film/role. That said -- I've included as many as I can find here.
Actors: 2016 Performances By Black Actors Who Had Prior Nominations/Wins
- Louis Gossett Jr: Operation Insanity, Don't Call Me Sir!, The Reason, Double Play, Breaking Brooklyn
- Morgan Freeman; London Has Fallen, Going in Style, Now You See Me 2, Ben-Hur, Cold Warriors
- Denzel Washington: The Magnificent Seven
- Laurence Fishburn: Standoff, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,Passengers, John Wick: Chapter 2
- Samuel L. Jackson: The Hitman's Bodyguard, The Cell, The Legend of Tarzan, Miss Pregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
- Will Smith: Suicide Squad, Collateral Beauty
- Jamie Foxx: Sleepless Night
- Don Cheadle: Captain America: Civil War
- Terrence Howard: Term Life, The Best Man Wedding
- Forest Whitaker: Story of Your Life, Rogue One; A Star Wars Story
- Djimon Hounsou: Same Kind of Different As Me, The Legend of Tarzan
- Eddie Murphy: Mr. Church
- Chiwetel Ejiofor: Triple 9, Doctor Strange
- Barkhad Albi: Extortion
Actress: 2016 Performances by Black Actresses Who Had Prior Nominations/Wins
- Cicely Tyson: Showing Roots
- Diahann Carol: The Masked Saint
- Whoopi Goldberg: Before I Do, Yamasong: March of the Hollows, Black Dog Red Dog, Actors Anonymous
- Angela Bassett: London Has Fallen
- Halle Berry: Kidnap
- Queen Latifah: Miracles from Heaven
- Gabourey Sidibe: The Brothers Grimsby
- Mo'Nique: A Meyers Christmas
- Viola Davis: Suicide Squad
- Taraji P. Hensen: Term Life
- Octavia Spencer: The Free World, Zootopia, Car Dogs, Gifted, The Shack
- Quvenzhane Wallis: Counting By 7s
- Lupita Nyong'o: Queen of Katwe, The Jungle Book