Oscars Academy Nominates Record 9 Nonwhite Actors

The previous record of seven nominations was set in both 2007 and 2017

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The Oscars made history on Monday morning as the Academy has nominated a record nine nonwhite actors in the acting categories.

The acting nominees of color this year include performers in all four categories. They are Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari,” Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Leslie Odom, Jr., “One Night in Miami,” LaKeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal,” Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Steven Yeun, “Minari,” Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

In 2017, the Academy tied its previous record from a decade before with seven nonwhite acting nominees: Mahershala Ali “Moonlight,” Naomie Harris “Moonlight,” Viola Davis “Fences,” Denzel Washington “Fences,” Octavia Spencer “Hidden Figures,” Ruth Negga “Loving” and Dev Patel “Lion.”

Also of note, seven of the nine are first time nominees. Additionally, Leslie Odom, Jr. is the fifth person (and first man) to receive acting and song nominations for the same film.

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