Within the unlikely occasion that the best-actor Oscar goes to another person, there’s nonetheless loads of historical past to be made. Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) would develop into the oldest man to prevail on this class, and at 83, he’s already the oldest best-actor nominee ever. The “Sound of Steel” star Riz Ahmed is the primary Muslim to be nominated for greatest actor, and the “Minari” patriarch Steven Yeun is the primary Asian-American; if both wins, that will make their cultural breakthroughs much more resonant.
The inclusion of Viola Davis and Andra Day (“The USA vs. Billie Vacation”) within the best-actress race represents solely the second time in Oscar historical past that the class has featured multiple Black contender; the final time was 1973, when Cicely Tyson was nominated for “Sounder” and Diana Ross for “Woman Sings the Blues” (and like Day, Ross was additionally taking part in Billie Vacation). If Davis wins this yr, she would develop into the second Black actress after Halle Berry to prevail on this class.
Twin wins for Davis and Boseman would additionally make “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside” the eighth film to take each lead-acting Oscars — a feat not managed since 1997’s “As Good as It Will get” — and the primary to ever do it and not using a best-picture nomination. That snub feels particularly egregious now because the movie is well-positioned for 2 different wins, each of which might additionally make historical past: Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson could develop into the primary Black girls to win the Oscar for make-up and hairstyling, whereas the 89-year-old costume designer Ann Roth is poised to develop into the oldest girl to ever win an Oscar.
Greatest Supporting Actor and Greatest Supporting Actress
The supporting-actor race has by no means earlier than featured three Black nominees in the identical yr, nor two Black nominees from the identical movie (Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield from “Judas and the Black Messiah”). The opposite Black nominee, the “One Night time in Miami” star Leslie Odom Jr., was additionally nominated within the best-song class, a once-rare double dip that has now occurred every of the final 4 years, with Cynthia Erivo for “Harriet,” Woman Gaga for “A Star Is Born” and Mary J. Blige for “Mudbound” rounding out the checklist.
Talking of Oscar two-timers, Olivia Colman gained greatest actress simply two years in the past for “The Favorite,” and if she will get a statue for “The Father” (she’s up for supporting actress) she’ll develop into one of many speediest actresses to nab two Oscars: Solely Katharine Hepburn and Luise Rainer have carried out it sooner, with back-to-back wins. If the supporting-actress Oscar as an alternative goes to Yuh-Jung Youn, she’d be the primary Korean actor to ever win an Academy Award.
After which there’s Glenn Shut, nominated for supporting actress for “Hillbilly Elegy.” Shut is already the one actress to earn seven nominations with no win, and if she loses once more this yr, she is going to tie Peter O’Toole’s report of eight winless nominations for performing. (O’Toole was at the very least given a noncompetitive, honorary Oscar in 2002, when he was youthful than the 74-year-old Shut is now.)
The closest Shut has come to profitable was most likely two years in the past for “The Spouse,” when she misplaced the best-actress Oscar to … properly, Olivia Colman. And Shut was practically compelled right into a face-off with one other ghost from Oscars previous this yr, when Jodie Foster gained the supporting-actress Golden Globe for “The Mauritanian” and really practically made the Oscar lineup, too: Again in 1989, it was Foster’s efficiency in “The Accused” that prevailed over Shut’s in “Harmful Liaisons.”