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Arts Steven Yeun Makes Oscar History As The First Asian American Best Actor Nominee

Steven Yeun Makes Oscar History As The First Asian American Best Actor Nominee

Steven Yeun (Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP)
Steven Yeun (Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP)
By Brian Cheong
By Brian Cheong
March 15, 2021
Chloé Zhao also enters Oscar history books as the first woman to be nominated in four categories in a single year

Former star of The Walking Dead Steven Yeun landed an Oscar nomination as Best Actor for his performance in the Korean-American immigrant drama, Minari. It's a historic moment as Yeun is the first Asian American to achieve this feat. Yeun was also nominated in the same category for the Screen Actors Guild, although he was snubbed at the Golden Globes. Asian Americans had won an Oscar before but in the Best Supporting category: Haing S. Ngor (The Killing Fields, 1985) and Miyoshi Umeki (Sayonara, 1957). 

In what is a diverse list, Yeun's fellow nominees include Chadwick Boseman and Riz Ahmed, a British actor of Asian descent. Notably too, Minari is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for veteran actress Yuh-jung Youn; she's the first actress from South Korea to be an Oscar nominee. 

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Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP
Chloé Zhao (Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP)

Meanwhile, Chloé Zhao continues a hot streak by picking up a nomination for Best Director, the first Asian-American woman to do so. She also snagged nominations for Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing and Picture, the first woman to have four nominations in a single year, and all of them for Nomadland.

See also: Asia’s Most Influential: The Culture List 2021

Mank, a Netflix original movie about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz working on his Citizen Kane screenplay, lead the pack with 10 nominations.

Oscar nominees Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman in a scene from 'Mank' (Photo: Netflix)
Oscar nominees Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman in a scene from 'Mank' (Photo: Netflix)

Here's a list of nominations in the major categories:

Best Picture

  • The Father
  • Judas and the Black Messiah“Mank” (Netflix) 
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director

  • Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)
  • David Fincher (Mank
  • Lee Isaac Chung (Minari
  • Chloé Zhao (Nomadland
  • Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins (The Father
  • Gary Oldman (Mank
  • Steven Yeun (Minari

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Andra Day (The United States v. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand (Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami
  • Paul Raci (Sound of Metal) 
  • Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman (The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried (Mank
  • Yuh-jung Youn (Minari

Best Animated Feature

  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

Best Original Screenplay

  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Minari
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • One Night in Miami
  • The White Tiger

The winners will be announced in a special ceremony on April 26 (MYT).

 
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas announcing the Oscar nominees

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