Oscar voters nominated three films in which Asians played lead roles for six nominations each this morning.
Minari gained nominations for Best Picture (A24), Best Director (Lee Isaac Chung), Best Actor (Steven Yeun), Best Supporting Actress (Youn Yuh-jung), Original Screenplay (Lee Isaac Chung) and Original Score (Emile Mosseri).
Nomadland received nominations for Best Picture (Searchlight Pictures), Best Director (Chloe Zhao), Best Actress (Frances McDormand) Best Adapted Screenplay (Chloe Zhao), Best Film Editing (Chloe Zhao), Best Cinematography (Joshua James Richards)
Zhao who won the Best Director award from the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards becomes the first women of color to be nominated in the Best Director category. This also marks the first time two Asians have been nomianted in the same year in the Best Director category.
Sound of Metal accomplished the same feat. The Academy honored Sound of Metal with nominations for Best Picture (Amazon Studios), Best Actor (Riz Ahmed), Best Supporting Actor (Paul Raci), Best Original Screenplay (Abraham Marder, Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance), Best Editing (Mikkel E.G. Nielsen) and Best Sound (Philip Bladh, Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortes and Carolina Santana).
Mulan received two nominations for Best Visual Effects (Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, Steve Ingram) and Costume Design (Bina Daigeler).
Over the Moon received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
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