Asian Americans raise Visibility at the 2021 Academy Awards

Asian Americans became increasingly visible at the 2021 Academy awards, with Chloe Zhao getting Best Director and winning Best Picture for NomadlandYoun Yuh-jung won best supporting actress for her role in MinariH.E.R. won an award for best song “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah.  Steven Yeun was a presenter and was nominated for best actor.  Zhao is the first woman of color to win the Best Director award.

This was significant progress from the 2015 Academy Awards low of Chris Rock making Asian math jokes with Asian children as props, but as Dino Ray Ramos points out, let’s celebrate the wins but realize that there is still room for improvement.

I am looking forward to Zhao’s upcoming Marvel movie, The Eternals, coming out later this year.  Steven Yeun is currently voicing a lead character in Amazon’s animated series, Invincible.

(photo credit:  Vegafi  licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International)

Thanks for rating this! Now tell the world how you feel - .
How does this post make you feel?
  • Excited
  • Fascinated
  • Amused
  • Disgusted
  • Sad
  • Angry

About Jeff

Jeff lives in Silicon Valley, and attempts to juggle marriage, fatherhood, computer systems research, running, and writing.
This entry was posted in Movies and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.