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Barry Jenkins after 'Moonlight' is named as 'Best Picture' winner
89th Annual Academy Awards, Backstage, Los Angeles, USA - 26 Feb 2017

The 2021 Oscars was hailed as the ‘most diverse ever’

The Oscars have long been called out for lacking diversity. Now, the Academy Awards finally changed the narrative this week, with women, people of colour and older actors finally getting praise at the 2021 Oscars.

The nominations this year are full of major firsts and record-breaking tallies. Here’s a sample:

  • Only four of the 20 nominees across the four acting categories are white Americans
  • Nomadland director Chloe Zhao, a Chinese filmmaker, is the first woman of color to be nominated for best director
  • Minari actor Steven Yeun is the first Asian-American to be nominated in the best lead actor category
  • This year is the first time two women have been nominated for best director in the same year (Zhao and Emerald Fennell, director of Promising Young Woman)
  • Fennell is the first woman to be nominated for best director for her feature film debut
  • Zhao is the first woman to receive four individual nominations in a single year
  • Seventy women received 76 nominations in total—the most ever in one year
  • Eleven of the 20 acting nominees are first-time nominees
  • Three of the five actors nominated in the supporting category are Black

Source of picture: Andrew H Walker/Shutterstock

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