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For the first time, two women are nominated in the Best Director and Best Picture category while three Asian-Americans were included in the prestigious Academy Award nominations this year. Hollywood is definitely making strides in diversifying in front and behind the cameras, but sadly there's more work to be done for Latinos who were completely shut out when Guatemala's entry LA LLORONA, a powerful film about genocide, was snubbed. However, this year's nominations mark a significance advancement for people of color. Below are some of the groundbreaking nominations. 

For the first time in Academy Award history, five nominees are of Asian descent. Steven Yeun of MINARI, The Walking Dead alum, is the first Asian-American to be nominated in the Best Actor category. He's competing with SOUND OF METAL's Riz Ahmed, the English-born actor of Asian ancestry, and Chadwick Boseman for MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM.

South Korean actress Youn Yuh-Jung is also nominated for Best Supporting Actress performance in MINARI. In another first, NOMADLAND’s Chloe Zhao is up for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. She’s competing with PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN’s Emerald Fennell in the Best Picture and Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay which is another groundbreaking moment for women filmmakers. MINARI director Lee Isaac Chung is also competing in the same categories.

Black Americans are also well-represented this year dominating in the acting categories. JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH scored two nominations in the Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield vying for the same award along with Leslie Odom Jr. for his role as Sam Cooke in ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI. JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, however, did score six nominations for Shaka King for Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Song and Best Cinematography. 

For Best Actress, Viola Davis (MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM) and Andra Day (THE UNITED STATES VS BILLIE HOLIDAY) are in competition.

Sadly, Spike Lee's DA 5 BLOODS earned only one nomination in the Original Song but snubbed in all the other categories. Such a shame considering the stellar cast and Delroy Lindo's magnificent performance. 

Overall, you have to applaud the significant advancement in representation, and the quality of films this year has greatly improved which can be attributed to giving the underserved more of a voice.  Although there is work to be done for another group that make up a majority of this country -  Latino-Americans.

This year's ceremony will air Sunday, April 25, on ABC.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

BEST PICTURE
"The Father"

"Judas and the Black Messiah"

"Mank"

"Minari"

"Nomadland"

"Promising Young Woman"

"Sound of Metal"

"The Trial of the Chicago 7″

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Maria Bakalova, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"

Glenn Close, "Hillbilly Elegy"

Olivia Colman, "The Father"

Amanda Seyfried, "Mank"

Youn Yuh-jung, "Minari"

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sacha Baron Cohen, "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

Daniel Kaluuya, "Judas and the Black Messiah"

Leslie Odom Jr., "One Night in Miami"

Paul Raci, "Sound of Metal"

Lakeith Stanfield, "Judas and the Black Messiah"

 

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
"Another Round" - Denmark

"Better Days" - Hong Kong

"Collective" - Romania

"The Man Who Sold His Skin" - Tunisia

Qu Vadis, Aida? - Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
"Colette"

"A Concerto Is a Conversation"

"Do Not Split"

"Hunger Ward"

"A Love Song For Latasha"

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Collective"

"Crip Camp"

"The Mole Agent"

"My Octopus Teacher"

"Time"

 

ORIGINAL SONG
"Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah"

"Hear My Voice" from "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

"Husavik" from "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga"

"lo Sì (Seen)" from "The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)"

"Speak Now" from "One Night in Miami..."

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Onward"

"Over the Moon"

"A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon"

"Soul"

"Wolfwalkers"

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Borat Subsequent MovieFilm"

"The Father"

"Nomadland"

"One Night in Miami"

"The White Tiger"

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Judas and the Black Messiah"

"Minari"

"Promising Young Woman"

"Sound of Metal"

"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Riz Ahmed, "Sound of Metal"

Chadwick Boseman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Anthony Hopkins, "The Father"

Gary Oldman, "Mank"

Steven Yeun, "Minari"

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Viola Davis, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Andra Day, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday"

Vanessa Kirby, "Pieces of a Woman"

Frances McDormand, "Nomadland"

Carey Mulligan, "Promising Young Woman"

 

DIRECTOR
Thomas Vinterberg, "Another Round"

David Fincher, "Mank"

Lee Isaac Chung, "Minari"

Chloe Zhao, "Nomadland"

Emerald Fennell, "Promising Young Woman"

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN
"The Father"

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

"Mank"

"News of the World"

"Tenet"

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbitt, "Judas and the Black Messiah"

Erik Messerschmidt, "Mank"

Dariusz Wolski, "News of the World"

Joshua James Richards, "Nomadland"

Phedon Papamichael , "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

 

COSTUME DESIGN
"Emma"

"Ma Rainey's Blackbottom"

"Mank"

"Mulan"

"Pinocchio"

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
"Greyhound"

"Mank"

"News of the World"

"Soul"

"Sound of Metal"

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
"Burrow"

"Genius Loci"

"If Anything Happens I Love You"

"Opera"

"Yes-People"

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
"Feeling Through"

"The Letter Room"

"The Present"

"Two Distant Strangers"

"White Eye"

 

ORIGINAL SCORE
"Da 5 Bloods"

"Mank"

"Minari"

"News of the World"

"Soul"

 

VISUAL EFFECTS
"Love and Monsters"

"The Midnight Sky"

"Mulan"

"The One and Only Ivan"

"Tenet"

 

FILM EDITING
"The Father"

"Nomadland"

"Promising Young Woman"

"Sound of Metal"

"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
"Emma"

"Hillbilly Elegy"

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

"Mank"

"Pinocchio"

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