Oscars 2021: Nominees who broke records and can make history with their win

Written By: Pragati Awasthi

The Oscars are just around the corner, and looking at this year's nomination list, seems like the night would be full of diversity and people who could make history in different categories. 

From female directors, posthumous awards, Asian wins and many more, a look at the list of people who would make history if they win and those who already did by their nomination. 


Female Directors Break Record

Female directors broke the record for most nominations in one year at Oscars this year. Directors Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) were both nominated in the best director category for the 93rd Academy Awards.



Viola Davis

This year, Viola Davis bagged the Best actress nomination in Oscars for her incredible performance as Mother of Blues. Davis is now the most-nominated Black actress in Oscar history with four acting nominations, and the first Black actress to have been nominated for Best Actress more than once.


Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed made history by becoming the first Muslim to get nominated in the Best Actor category at the Oscars this year, Ahmed who is been recognized for his acting as the drummer and can make history at the Oscars night by winning the best actor award. 

Before Ahmed, Mahershala Ali won two Oscars in the supporting actor category for Moonlight (2016) and Greenbook (2018).


Chloe Zhao

‘Nomadland’ director Chloé Zhao made history at this year's Academy and becomes the first Asian and first non-white woman to win the Best Director Oscar. Chloe Zhao is only the second woman in the history of the Oscars to be named Best Director.


Youn Yuh-jung

The 'Minari' actress Yuh-Jung Youn made history as she became the first South Korean actress ever to receive an Oscar in the Best-Supporting actress category for Lee Isaac Chung's directorial.


Steven Yeun

Lee Isaac Chung’s family drama. 'Minari' is the first Asian-American produced and directed film starring a predominately Asian cast to be nominated for Best Picture. The movie star, Steven Yeun, is also nominated as Best Actor, the first Asian American actor to get the nod.


Leslie Odom Jr.

Although Regina King directorial `One Night in Miami` may have snubbed at this years Oscars, but the movie leading star Leslie Odom Jr could make history as he is the fourth person and first man to receive acting and song nominations for the same film 'One Night in Miami'.


Judas and The Black Messiah

'Judas and the Black Messiah' made history in multiple regards as the film score nominations in several different categories. The movie made history as the first all-Black-men led film to score a nomination in the Best Picture category - the movie also marks the first time an all-Black produced film was nominated in that category. 

Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield's scored acting nominations for best supporting actor signals the first time two Black male actors have been nominated for the same film. 


Anthony Hopkins

Legendary veteran actor Sir Anthony Hopkins becomes the oldest ever male winner of the BAFTA, at the age of 83. 'The Father' performer Hopkins, who at 83 years old is the oldest best actor nominee ever and if won he will become the oldest winner as well.


Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman has made Oscars history as the first African American to be posthumously nominated for an Academy Award and can make history if he won. 

Boseman is nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Levee Green in the film 'Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom'.


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