Over the past few days, the Grammys and Oscars saw some historic achievements. On Sunday, Beyoncé became the most decorated woman in Grammys history with her 28th win for “Black Parade.” Alongside Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion took home three Grammys, including “Best New Artist of the Year.” She is the only female rapper to win this award since 1999. It is also important to note that H.E.R.’s song “I Can’t Breathe” paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter Movement and won “Song of the Year.”
On Monday, the Academy Awards released its most diverse Oscar nominations in 93 years. In an unprecedented move, the Academy nominated two women in the same year for “Best Director:” Chloé Zhao (Nomandland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman). Zhao also made history as the first woman of color ever to be nominated for this accolade. Additionally, in the “Best Actor” category, Steven Yeun became the first Asian American actor to receive a nomination for his performance in Minari. Minari is also the first Asian-American produced and directed film nominated for “Best Picture.”
While we honor these nominations and their historic gains, we recognize there is still much work to be done. Regina King’s snub in the “Best Director” category for her One Night In Miami and the inherent lack of LatinX Oscar nominees stands as a testament to this. The Grammys’ secret committees continue to act as gatekeepers, keeping rappers out of the spotlight, and now even KPOP groups, like BTS. The awards world is moving in a more inclusive direction, yet representation remains an elusive goal.
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