This yr’s Academy Award nominees were traditionally amongst the occasion’s extra various lineups: Seventy ladies earned nods throughout 23 classes and 9 individuals of color were nominated for his or her appearing.
Even earlier than the winners were introduced, there were a number of notable breakthroughs — together with finest actor nominations for Riz Ahmed, the first Muslim man to be so acknowledged, and Steven Yeun, the first Asian American actor to be included in the class. And for less than the second time in Oscars historical past, two Black ladies — Viola Davis and Andra Day — were in the working for finest actress.
And whereas a sweep of the appearing classes by individuals of color didn’t materialise, there were loads of other firsts:
A Korean first: Yuh-Jung Youn is the first Korean actor to win an Oscar. It was the first nomination for the performer, whose flip as the wry grandmother in Minari additionally earned her SAG and BAFTA awards this season. “Possibly,” she mentioned Sunday in her speech, “it’s American hospitality for the Korean actor.”
Honours for ageing winners: Anthony Hopkins, at 83, grew to become the oldest actor to win the finest actor. He received for his efficiency as a person affected by dementia in The Father. With Ann Roth’s victory for the costume designs in Ma Rainey’s Black Backside, she grew to become the oldest lady to ever win an Oscar. She is 89.
A directing breakthrough: Chloé Zhao, the filmmaker behind Nomadland, is the first lady of color to win — and to be nominated — for finest director. She is simply the second lady to win the class, following Kathryn Bigelow for The Harm Locker.
A make-up and hairstyling breakthrough: Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, who labored on Ma Rainey’s Black Backside, are the first Black ladies to win this award (and to be nominated for it). “I do know that someday it received’t be uncommon or groundbreaking,” Neal mentioned in her acceptance speech. “It’ll simply be regular.”
And at last, a dropping streak: Glenn Shut, nominated for supporting actress for Hillbilly Elegy, hit a much less thrilling milestone: After eight fruitless nods, she has tied the document held by Peter O’Toole for many appearing nominations with out a win.
Nancy Coleman c.2021 The New York Instances Firm