The number of actors of color nominated could increase. – The New York Times

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The #OscarsSoWhite outcries from 2015 and 2016, prompted by all-white slates of acting nominees, continue to reverberate at the academy, which has been trying to diversify its membership by race, gender and nationality. In 2021, nine of the 20 acting nominations went to people of color. Last year, it was four.
This time around, Michelle Yeoh was expected to be nominated for best actress for playing a Chinese immigrant who discovers that she can jump between universes in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”) and Viola Davis (“The Woman King”) were poised to join her in the category. Awards prognosticators predicted that Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) would receive a supporting actor nomination. Possible supporting actress nominees included Angela Bassett, for her regal “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” performance; Stephanie Hsu, for her role as Yeoh’s daughter in “Everything Everywhere”; and Hong Chau, for playing a stern caregiver in “The Whale.”
There is a strong possibility that all five nominees for best director will be men — and, if Daniel Kwan (“Everything Everywhere”) is left out, it could be an all-white-guy field, for the first time since 2011. For decades, women and people of color were almost entirely excluded from the category. In 2021, for the first time, two women were nominated: Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), with Zhao winning. Last year, Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) won the Oscar for directing.
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