History could be made Sunday at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Movie fans are poised to potentially see some headline-making moments. This crop of nominees has already made waves for how diverse it is — from increased representation of people of color to two female director nods.
Let’s take a look at how some of this year’s nominated talent could land themselves in the history books:
“Sound of Metal” star Riz Ahmed, another first-time nominee, could become the first actor of Pakistani descent to win best actor.
First-time nominee Steven Yeun of “Minari” would be the first actor of Korean descent to win best actor.
Ahmed and Yeun
With Yeun and Ahmed’s nominations, this year marked the first time two men of Asian descent were simultaneously nominated for the same award.
Yeun or Ahmed would follow in the footsteps of previous winners Yul Brynner, F. Murray Abraham and Ben Kingsley.
Add in a nod for Chadwick Boseman’s work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on top of Yeun’s and Ahmed’s inclusion and this year marks the first time where the best actor category had a non-white majority. Three of the five slots went to non-white performers.
The “Black Panther” star, who died from colon cancer in August 2020 at the age of 43, also holds the distinction of being the first Black actor of any sex to receive a posthumous nomination.
Boseman is the seventh person to be nominated posthumously and, should he win, it would be the eighth posthumous win in Oscars history. James Dean received and won two posthumous best actor trophies.
The late actor would also become just the fifth Black man to win best actor, following in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker.
At 83, “The Father” star Anthony Hopkins holds the distinction of being the oldest best actor nominee of all time. Should he win, the “Silence of the Lambs” alum will become the oldest person of any sex to win an acting Oscar in any category.
With four total nominations in her career thus far, Viola Davis is the most nominated Black actress in Oscars history. She is also the first to receive two best actress nominations.
If she wins, Davis would become the second Black performer to win in both the leading and supporting acting categories, having previously won a best supporting actress trophy for “Fences” in 2017. Denzel Washington is the other Black performer to have done this, having won best actor for “Training Day” in 2002 and best supporting actor for “Glory” in 1990.
Davis and Andra Day
This year marks just the second time two Black women have simultaneously been up for best actress, with the first being when both Diana Ross and Cicely Tyson were up for the award in 1973.
Should either of them win, Davis and Day would become the second Black woman to win best actress, following in the footsteps of Halle Berry, who won for “Monster’s Ball” nearly 20 years ago in 2002.
First-time nominee Yuh-Jung Youn, up for her work in “Minari,” would be the first actress of Korean descent to win best supporting actress.
“Nomadland” director Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color and the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for best director.
The upcoming “The Eternals” director is also the first woman to score four nominations in the same year, garnering nods for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and best film editing.
Zhao and Emerald Fennell
This year marked the first time two women were nominated for best director, with Zhao and “Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell up for the prize.
Zhao or Fennell would become just the second woman to win in the category, following in the footsteps of Kathryn Bigelow, who won in 2009 for directing “The Hurt Locker.”
Zhao and Lee Isaac Chung
This year also marked the first time two directors of Asian descent were nominated for best director, with Zhao and “Minari” director Lee Isaac Chung receiving nods.
Zhao or Chung would become the third director of Asian descent to win best director, following in the footsteps of Ang Lee, who has won twice for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” last year’s winner, “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho.
Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson
Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, who are nominated for best makeup and hairstyling alongside Sergio Lopez-Rivera for their work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” are the first Black women nominated in the category.
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