What Has the Academy Learned From #OscarsSoWhite?

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The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards are here, and they’re showing the type of diversity that audiences have been asking for from the Oscars for years.

There won’t be a resurgence of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag this year. In fact, the two performing categories for actors are the most diverse to date. Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Steven Yeun (Minari) are nominated for their leading roles alongside Anthony Hopkins (The Father) and Gary Oldman (Mank). Ahmed, who is British Pakistani, and Yeun, who is Korean American, are the first two actors of Asian descent to be nominated in the Best Actor category.

In the supporting category, three Black actors — Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami) and LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah) — have been nominated with Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7) and Paul Raci (Sound of Metal).

Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), who play music legends Ma Rainey and Billie Holiday respectively, have been nominated for Best Actress, along with Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Frances McDormand (Nomadland) and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman). The Best Supporting Actress category includes the performer who plays the charismatic grandmother in Minari, Yuh-Jung Youn, as well as Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy), Olivia Colman (The Father) and Amanda Seyfried (Mank).