When Parasite became the first foreign movie to receive an Academy Award for Best Picture in the Oscars’ 92 years of history, a new era for the Oscars was indeed announced. This year was another milestone as it surpassed itself with several diverse nominations as well as wins.
Despite being the most prestigious awards, this didn’t stop the Oscars from being sexist in its nearly century-old history. It was only this year that more than one female director had been nominated for the Best Director award. Emerald Fennell got nominated for Promising Young Woman as well as Chloé Zhao for Nomadland who made history by winning the award. Not only is the Beijing-born director the second woman to take home this award, after Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010, but she’s also the first woman of color to do so. Watching the Korean Director Bong Jong-Ho, who won last year’s Best Director present the award to Chloé Zhao, a Chinese Director, was definitely a historical moment.
Chloé Zhao was unstoppable last night as her movie, Nomadland, won the most prestigious award of the event, Best Picture. Although Anthony Hopkins took home the Best Actor award, the category witnessed diverse nominees: Riz Ahmed for his role in The Sound of Metal, making him the first Muslim actor to be nominated in this category and Minari’s Steven Yeun also made history by becoming the first Asian American to receive this nomination.
The nomination of Steven Yeun, the South Korean-born American Actor was just the cherry on top. The American-produced movie Minari, which follows a Korean family who moved to the USA in hopes to make their American dream come true, earned six nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Supporting Actress. The latter was given to Yuh-Jung Youn, making another historical moment as the first Korean performer ever to win in the four acting categories.
Viola Davis also became the most nominated Black actress after receiving her fourth nomination for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. This is her second time being nominated for the Best Actress award, making her the only Black actress to achieve this.
It’s worth pointing out that 70 women received a total of 76 nominations for this year at the Oscars which is a never seen before record.
Besides being nominated in five categories, Judas and the Black Messiah specifically made history for becoming the first an-all Black produced film to be nominated for Best Picture.
In the Best Animated Feature category, Pixar’s Soul became the first winning movie to feature a Black character in the lead. And in case you’re wondering who won the rest of the awards at the 93rd Academy Awards, here’s the full list:
- Best Picture – Nomadland
- Best Actor – Anthony Hopkins, The Father
- Best Actress – Frances McDormand, Nomadland
- Best Director – Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
- Best Supporting Actress – Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari
- Best Supporting Actor – Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
- Best International Feature – Another Round
- Best Animated Feature – Soul
- Best Documentary Feature – My Octopus Teacher
- Best Original Score – Soul
- Best Original Song – “Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
- Best Original Screenplay – Promising Young Woman
- Best Adapted Screenplay – The Father
- Best Cinematography – Mank
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- Best Costume Design – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- Best Film Editing – Sound of Metal
- Best Sound – Sound of Metal
- Best Live-Action Short – Two Distant Strangers
- Best Animated Short – If Anything Happens I Love You
- Best Documentary Short – Colette
- Best Visual Effects – Tenet
- Best Production Design – Mank
Studying mass communication by day, having tea with Murakami by night. Nour goes back and forth between Cairo and Dubai which makes her curious about the diverse cultures in the world!