A view of the red carpet during the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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The 93rd annual Academy Awards made history before the first award was even handed out.
This year’s Oscar nominees mark the first time an all-Black producing team has been nominated for best picture, the first time two actors of Asian descent were nominated for best actor and the first year that two women were nominated for best director.
The Oscar winners also reflect this surge in diversity and inclusivity.
Chloe Zhao ultimately won the best directing award, becoming the second woman to take home the prize.
Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson, two-thirds of the hairstyling and makeup team behind “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” also made history on Sunday. The pair are the first Black women to receive a nomination for best makeup and hairstyling and, now, the first to win.
“Soul,” which took home the best animated feature award, is also Pixar’s first film to feature a Black character in the lead.
Due to travel restrictions and a need for greater social distancing because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s show has been spread across several locations.
Union Station is being used as the main set piece for the show, with attendees rotating in and out of the ceremony in order to limit the number of people gathered at one time.
The ceremony is being treated like a movie set. Nominees are permitted to remain maskless while on camera, but must place their masks back on when the cameras stopped rolling.
Here is the full list of Academy Award nominees for Sunday’s ceremony.