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Oscar 2018 nominations 'more diverse', include Pakistani, Mexican, transgender & more

Yance Ford (right) and Daniela Vega (left) as seen in picture are both from the LGBTQ community. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team USA Jan 24, 2018, 03.08 AM (IST)

Academy Awards 2018 nominations were announced Tuesday night at Samuel Goldwyn Theater across 24 categories. 

While the buzz remained around movies that grabbed the most number of nominations like "The Shape of Water", "Dunkirk", "Three Billboards", "Lady Bird"-- what took the cake was an appropriate, much-deserved diversified representation of society by the list including people from different cultural backgrounds, race, colour and even gender. 

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Ensuring there is a cultural mix in the list, Pakistani American Kumail Nanjiani made it to the list for "The Big Sick" Original Screenplay. Nanjiani wrote the screenplay for the film with wife Emily V. Gordon, inspired by their courtship. 

"Mudbound" actress and popular black singer Mary J. Blige was nominated in the Supporting Actress and Original Song categories while there are three directors nominated for Best Director even though they are not typically white middle-aged men --Jordan Peele for "Get Out", Greta Gerwig for "Lady Bird" and Guillermo del Toro for "The Shape of Water"). Jordan is a black American, Greta, a female and del Toro is Mexican. 

 Jordan Peele became the first African American to earn nominations in all 3 categories for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay for his movie "Get Out". 


"Mudbound" cinematographer Rachel Morrison also made history as the first woman nominated in the category.


Interestingly, the nominees have also been chosen from the transgender community. "Strong Island" nominated in Best Documentary is directed by Yance Ford, a trans. With this nomination, Ford became the first transgender filmmaker nominated for an Oscar. His film, a Netflix release is about Ford's investigation into his brother's 1992 murder.


Another trans addition to the list is Daniela Vega, a transgender actress whose film "A Fantastic Women" is Chile's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language film. In the film, Vega plays the character of a transgender singer who is mistreated in the aftermath of her boyfriend's death. 


It waits to be seen whether these nominations would lead to a win for the people who made it to the list on March 4 when the 90th Academy Awards runs live.