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 turn out to be 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 may make their cultural breakthroughs much more resonant.
The inclusion of Viola Davis and Andra Day (“The US vs. Billie Vacation”) within the best-actress race represents solely the second time in Oscar historical past that the class has featured a couple of Black contender; the final time was 1973, when Cicely Tyson was nominated for “Sounder” and Diana Ross for “Girl Sings the Blues” (and like Day, Ross was additionally enjoying Billie Vacation). If Davis wins this yr, she would turn out to be 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 with no best-picture nomination. That snub feels particularly egregious now for the reason that movie is well-positioned for 2 different wins, each of which might additionally make historical past: Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson might turn out to be 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 turn out to be the oldest girl to ever win an Oscar.
Finest Supporting Actor and Finest 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 Evening 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,” Girl Gaga for “A Star Is Born” and Mary J. Blige for “Mudbound” rounding out the record.
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 turn out to be one of many speediest actresses to nab two Oscars: Solely Katharine Hepburn and Luise Rainer have finished it sooner, with back-to-back wins. If the supporting-actress Oscar as a substitute 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 file of eight winless nominations for performing. (O’Toole was not less than 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 successful was in all probability two years in the past for “The Spouse,” when she misplaced the best-actress Oscar to … properly, Olivia Colman. And Shut was almost 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 almost made the Oscar lineup, too: Again in 1989, it was Foster’s “The Silence of the Lambs” efficiency that prevailed over Shut in “Harmful Liaisons.”