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22 Records Were Broken At The Oscars This Year, But There's Sooooo Much More Room To Grow

Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to ever be nominated and win Best Actress — she's only the second person of color to win the award overall.

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The 2023 Oscars happened last night, and with it came a storm of monumental wins and nominations. And while these awards are a huge step in the right direction, it just proves that the Academy still has a long way to go in terms of representation.

The winner of Best Original Song holding up their Oscars

Here are all the records broken this year:

1. Everything Everywhere All at Once is the most Oscar-nominated movie of 2023 with 11 nominations.

Michelle Yeoh looking at her hands in concern in a scene from Everything Everywhere All at Once
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2. EEAAO is also the second sci-fi movie to win Best Picture.

The directors giving their acceptance speech for Best Picture

3. And with seven wins at the ceremony, EEAAO is now the second most-awarded Best Picture since Slumdog Millionaire.

4. Michelle Yeoh is the first woman of color to win Best Actress in the past two decades.

Michelle holding up her Oscar

5. And she's the first Asian woman to ever be nominated for the award and win.

Michelle kissing her Oscar

6. Ke Huy Quan is the first Vietnamese-born actor to win an Oscar for an acting performance with his Best Supporting Actor win.

Ke Huy Quan smiles widely while holding up his Oscar

7. Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh are now the first actors to win acting awards for portraying Mandarin-Chinese and Cantonese-speaking characters.

The two winners sitting next to each other while holding their awards

8. The 2023 Oscars ceremony is also the first in which multiple Asian actors have won in a single year.

9. Ruth E. Carter is the first Black woman ever to win two Oscar Awards.

Ruth smiles as she holds up her Oscar backstage

10. Jamie Lee Curtis is now the third person whose parents were both past nominees to win an acting award.

Jamie smiles as she holds up her award to her face

11. Angela Bassett is the first MCU star to be nominated for an acting award for her work in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

A closeup of Angela as Queen Ramonda in a scene from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

12. Elvis cinematographer Mandy Walker is only the third woman to be nominated for Best Cinematography.

13. Ana de Armas is the first Cuban woman to be nominated for Best Actress.

A closeup of Ana as Marilyn Monroe in a sleeveless shirt

14. The Fabelmans' star Judd Hirsch holds the record for the longest gap between acting nominations at the Academy Awards, which is 41 years and 341 days.

Judd speaking to another person at the dinner table in a scene from The Fabelmans

15. The Fabelmans' composer John Williams is the oldest Oscar nominee ever, at the age of 90 years and 350 days.

John Williams conducting an orchestra

16. This year's ceremony included 16 first-time nominees for the four big acting awards.

17. Ryan Coogler is the first person of color to be nominated in the Best Original Song category for cowriting a song that appears in a movie they've directed.

Ryan poses for photos on the champagne carpet with his wife

18. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert are the first non-related directing duo to win Best Director in the last 45 years, and overall the third duo to win ever.

The Daniels excitedly holdup their Oscars backstage

19. Cate Blanchett has become the first woman with the most roles in Best Picture nominees, after appearing in 10 such films.

A closeup of Cate as Lydia Tàr sitting in an auditorium in the film Tàr

20. Alfonso Cuarón is now tied for nominations across seven different and individual Oscars categories — Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Director, Cinematography, and Live Action Short Film.

Alfonso waving to the crowd as he stands next to a guest

21. This year, Ireland had its biggest year of representation at the ceremony, with 12 nominations in various categories.

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan sit on a rock wall in a scene from The Banshees of Inisherin

22. And finally, All Quiet on the Western Front had the second most nominations for a non-English-language film.

Several soldiers standing in barracks as it rains heavily in a scene from All Quiet on the Western Front
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