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The Scene Oscars 2021: Steven Yeun Makes History as the First Asian-American Best Actor Nominee

Oscars 2021: Steven Yeun Makes 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 16, 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. 

(Related: 12 Asian Actresses Who Made in Big in Hollywood—and Why it's Significant Today)

Photo: Charly Triballeau/AFP
Chloé Zhao (Image: 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.

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

(Related: Chloé Zhao Wins Best Director at Golden Globes 2021: 5 Things To Know About Her)

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 (SGT).

 
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas announcing the Oscar nominees

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