Within the list were the expected nominees: Mank picked up nods in almost every category and leads the pact with ten total Oscar Nominations, Glenn Close received her eighth nomination for Hillbilly Elegy, and Trial of the Chicago 7 nets Aaron Sorkin his fourth nomination for Best Screenplay (first original for Sorkin).
However, there was also a ton of history being made with just these nominations. Viola Davis received her fourth nomination in a performing category, making her the most nominated black woman of all time. Riz Ahmed became the first Muslim actor to be nominated for Best Actor for his role in Sound of Metal, while Steven Yeun, for his work in Minari, became the first Asian-American to be nominated in that same category.
It does not end there.
Chloé Zhao, for Nomadland, and Emerald Fennell, for Promising Young Woman, make the sixth and seventh women ever to be nominated for the Best Director category. This is the first time in the Academy’s history where two women have been nominated for the award in the same year. Zhao seems like the front runner in this category and could be the first woman to win the award since Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman ever to win the award in 2010.
Finally, Yuh-Jung Youn became the first South Korean Actress nominated for Best Supporting Actress. On this honor, she told the Los Angeles Times, “I know being called the Korean Meryl Streep is a compliment, but for me, somehow it was not comfortable. She’s a worldwide famous lady. I’m just Yuh-Jung Youn from Korea. Everybody is different. I like to be myself, always. I felt sorry for me and her to be compared together.” Which is an incredibly humble and sweet thing to say on the matter.
Some snubs, in my eyes, are LaKeith Stanfield, who probably should have been Leading Actor, Delroy Lindo and Spike Lee being shut out of their respective categories, and, honestly, Da Five Bloods in general.
While the Academy Awards should not mean everything, these moments of history are finally great to see after 93 years.
It should not have taken that long, but the last half decade has shown promise for the future of Hollywood. Bong Joon Ho’s and Parasite’s historic wins last year set the stage for this year’s nominations. Gone are the age of the Oscars being “so white,” and hopefully, one day, the best films will always be nominated. While the Oscars mean little in the grand scheme of the world and justice, these nominations highlight and promote these films by different types of people all around the world.
And hey Minari got nominated for Best Picture!