- Apr. 27, 2021

For the first time in history, the majority of the Best Director nominees are underrepresented filmmakers.

Congrats to ChloƩ Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennel (Promising Young Woman) for their historic Best Director Oscar nominations!

ChloƩ Zhao makes history as the first Asian woman and second woman ever (after Kathryn Bigelow) to win an Oscar for Best Director


Promising Young Woman writer Emerald Fennell is the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 13 years.


Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson are the first Black women to win the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar.


Yuh-Jung Youn is the first Korean actor to ever win an Academy Award, and the second Asian woman ever.


Four of five nominees in Documentary Feature were directed/co-directed by women: Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht's Crip Camp, Maite Alberdi's The Mole Agent, Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed's My Octopus Teacher, and Garrett Bradley's Time.

Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed won the Oscar.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom costume designer Ann Roth is the oldest woman to ever win an Oscar at age 89.