Oscar nominations show both progress and regression for diversity – Orange County Register

When the Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, January 24, a sci-fi indie from across the universe led the charge for Asian actors and filmmakers.

Everything Everywhere All at Once garnered a whopping 11 Oscar nominations — including best picture nominations, four acting nominations, and best director nominations for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who call themselves “Daniels.”

The film, which focuses on the story of a Chinese-American family and their adventure with the multiverse, has already received top honors at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards and is poised for a big night at the Academy Awards on March 12 .

When the Academy of Motion Arts and Pictures announced the nominations for its 95th award on Tuesday, some hailed them as a win for representation while others had mixed reactions.

“It’s not necessarily an #OscarsSoWhite nomination list this year,” tweeted Film and entertainment writer Dino Ramos. “There are #OscarsStillWhiteButTrying.”

Seven out of 20 blacks were nominated in the Academy’s four major acting categories, and another (Kwan) was among the nominated directors.

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh – who has worked in Hollywood for decades – was the first Asian nominee for Best Actress in nearly nine decades, since 1936. Her Asian-American co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu were also recognized for Supporting Actor and Actress . or.

“Even the nomination is validation, dear, from your peers,” said Yeoh, who would be the first Asian actress to win the category if she could top perceived favorite Cate Blanchett from “Tar,” told the Associated Press. “What it means to the rest of Asians around the world, not just in America but globally, is to say we have a seat at the table. We’re finally sitting at the table. We are recognized and seen.”

Thai Hong Chau was nominated as a Supporting Actress for her role in A24’s The Whale. It’s her first nomination.

Brian Tyree Henry, another first-time nominee who rose to fame in the FX comedy Atlanta, was recognized for his supporting role in Causeway. Also nominated was Cuban actress Ana de Armas, who played American bombshell Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s Blonde.

Angela Bassett made the Best Supporting Actress nominee for her role as Queen Ramonda in the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Although it was Bassett’s second nomination — she received recognition for her starring role in 1993’s What’s Love Got to Do With It — it was the first time an actor from the Marvel Studios machine had been nominated for an Oscar.

As the nominations went live, some expressed disappointment that more black-led films — like Jordan Peele’s “Nope” and Gina Prince-Bythwood’s “The Woman King” — or black actors — including Danielle Deadwyler for her role in “Till.” ‘, which won at the Gotham Awards, and Viola Davis in ‘The Woman King’, which was nominated at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards – were overlooked.

Others called out a noticeable snub in the directing category, in which no women were nominated, despite the industry frenzy surrounding Prince-Bythwood’s The Woman King, Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun, Chinonye Chukwu’s Till and Maria Schrader’s She Said. . Another big film that went unmentioned was Sarah Polley’s Women Talking — based on a true story that explores religion and sexual assault — the only film directed by a woman to make the Best movie made.

#OscarsSoMale was trending online late Tuesday.

Women and Hollywood, which champions gender and racial diversity and inclusion, noticed the difference after female directors won the last two Academy Awards.

“Having peaked when (directors) Jane Campion and Chloé Zhao took home the greatest honor in their industry, we face another year with zero female nominees in this category,” the organization wrote on Tuesday.

Mary Murphy, an associate professor in charge of Hollywood at USC Annenberg, said this year’s nominations show that the Academy Awards, with its long history of lack of diversity, has made “simultaneous advances and regressions.”

“It’s more diverse across platforms than other years — in acting, directing, writing or the best movies,” Murphy said Tuesday. “But the Oscars have an image program that they have to overcome. Not only do you need to appeal to different audiences, you need to broaden them.”

Nominating more diverse artists in each category is “a start” for the academy, she added. “But with (past) racial challenges, challenges with women … they need to speed up time to accommodate the social media generation, where it is, and the demands of mostly women in Hollywood, who have long been demanding diversity.” “

Murphy also noted how interesting it is to see more Asian actors and filmmakers being recognized for their art during this awards season — especially at a time when the Asian-American community is healing after the recent mass shootings have rocked the populace.

These high honors “couldn’t have come at a better time in our society, especially in LA,” she said.

https://www.ocregister.com/2023/01/24/oscar-nominations-show-both-progress-and-regression-for-diversity/ Oscar nominations show both progress and regression for diversity – Orange County Register

Adam Bradshaw

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