If past patterns hold, the next Academy Awards telecast might be remembered as the Revenge of “Selma.”

At least, that is what a detailed splicing and dicing of a decade’s worth of Nielsen data suggests about a show that will, to abundant controversy, honor an all-white group of acting nominees and feature a white host.

With remarkable consistency, African-American viewers have showed up in large numbers to watch the Oscar broadcast when it featured a strong lineup of black nominees. But black viewers have gone missing when the core African-American presence was diminished, as it is this year.

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