It wasn’t long ago that playing gay on film as a heterosexual actor was considered “brave” and often made one a shoo-in for Oscar recognition. These days, LGBTQ themes are far more commonplace in American film, there are a handful of respected, out actors — and we’ve thankfully moved past the time when a trans character’s surprise gender reveal was a major plot twist (ahem, The Crying Game).
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Starting in 2024 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it is setting inclusion standards for Best Picture Oscar nominees. We here at fa-word wanted to see how they were doing this year, however.
it's pretty clear that the diversity standards set to take effect in three years are already too easy to meet. Nearly every movie currently in production from a major studio easily meets these standards. But despite the low bar, these standards may have made a difference anyway. This year's Oscar nominees represent a huge change in the types of people and stories being represented
Nine actors of color are nominated
This is almost half of this year's 20 nominations. Of the nine actors nominated, six are Black actors. This is particularly noteworthy given the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of recent years, and the fact that only one Black actor received a nomination last year.
Two Black women are up for Best Actress
Andra Day is nominated for her role as Billie Holiday, and Viola Davis for her role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” It is the first time in 50 years [not the first time ever??] that there are two Black nominees in this category.
Two Asian men are nominated for Best Actor this year
It has been 18 years since an Asian man was nominated in this category. This year there are two for the first time ever. Steven Yeun (who is of Korean descent) is nominated for “Minari,” while Riz Ahmed (who is of Pakistani descent), was recognized for “The Sound of Metal.”
Two women are nominated for Best Director
Chloé Zhao is nominated for “Nomadland,” and Emerald Fennell is nominated for “Promising Young Woman.” Before this year, only five female filmmakers have ever been recognized in this category, there had never been two women nominated in the same year, and Zhao is the first woman of color ever nominated as a director.
The Academy Awards air on Sunday, April 25, at 5 p.m. PT on ABC.
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