Steven Yeun, left, and Alan Kim, photographed for the indie breakout and now historic Oscar nominee “Minari.” (Christina House / Los Angeles Times) By Christina SchoellkopfAssistant Editor March 15, 2021 8:04 AM PT FacebookTwitterShow more sharing optionsShareClose extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied!Print Including “Minari” and “Nomadland,” there are multiple projects that scored historic 2021 Oscar nominations. Here’s a helpful guide. Read more Steven Yeun makes Oscars history as first-ever Asian American lead actor nominee Steven Yeun’s first Oscar nomination also makes Oscars history for his work in Lee Isaac Chung’s ‘Minari.’ Viola Davis is now the most nominated Black actress in Oscars history Viola Davis, who earned her fourth nod for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ has made history as the Black actress with the most Academy Award nominations. Chloé Zhao makes history as the first woman of color nominated for a directing Oscar ‘Nomadland’s’ Chloé Zhao is nominated alongside ‘Promising Young Woman’s’ Emerald Fennell, the first time the academy has nominated more than one woman in the directing category in the same year. Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim nominated for lead actor Oscar British Pakistani performer Riz Ahmed becomes the first Muslim nominated for the Oscar for lead actor for his role in ‘Sound of Metal.’ The record for oldest Oscar nominee is now a three-way tie At 89, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ costume designer Ann Roth ties the record for oldest Oscar nominee with her fifth nomination.