Oscar firsts: The rise of the marginalized
'Everything Everywhere All at Once' and more made history at the 2023 Oscars
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The Academy Awards have been largely criticized over the years, with hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoMale highlighting serious and persistent inequalities. With the 2023 nominations, 17 years after George Clooney claimed in his acceptance speech that the Oscars are leading the charge on progress, we're still seeing the awards make some historic firsts for underrepresented filmmakers.
The 2023 nominations had some serious shortcomings in terms of diversity, with no Black actors nominated in the lead categories and no women selected for Best Director. However, it was a milestone year for Asian actors. Four actors were nominated for their performances—Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu for their roles in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' (2022) and Hong Chau for her performance in 'The Whale' (2022)—which was the most to be recognized in a single year. 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' swept at the awards, taking home seven of its 11 nominations, but other history was also made at the Oscars this year.
Check out this gallery to see the other history-making moments of the Oscars to celebrate the work of minorities and the marginalized.
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