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In a year where the movie business has been upended by the pandemic, the recent announcements of the 2021 Academy Award Nominations made headlines for having the most diverse group of nominations ever, including nine actors of color.
According to Variety.com, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has implanted its own diversity and inclusion efforts, adding more women and people of color members. This comes after many years of calls for diversity in its membership after both the 2015 and 2016 awards had only all-white actors.
The 2021 Oscars include the first time an all-Black production team has been nominated for the best picture award for “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
History is also made with Steven Yeun, star of “Minari,” becoming the first Asian American ever nominated for best actor and Riz Ahmed, star of “Sound of Metal,” becoming the first person of Pakistani descent to ever receive an acting Oscar nomination. Yuh-Jun Youn , “Minari,” is also the first person of Korean decent to ever be nominated for an acting Oscar. Marking a more somber milestone, Chadwich Boseman is the first actor of color to earn a posthumous Oscar nomination.
Within the best director category, Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland,” became the first woman of color to be nominated. This is also the first year more than one woman has been nominated in this category.
While history is being made this year with these nominations, there is still a long way to go in regard to diversity. While progress has been made in regard to inclusion, the Latinx community is a minority among those nominated this year.
By sharing diverse stories on the big screen, Hollywood is able to tell more diverse stories. Awards like the Oscars bring attention to these stories, showing just how important it is to highlight a wide range.