Happy oscars day here’s some history about asians at the academy awards:
No asian producers have ever won best picture (although six have been nominated)
Ben Kingsley is the only asian to ever be nominated for or win best actor
No asian woman has ever won best actress, and the only time an asian woman has ever been nominated (Merle Oberon in The Dark Angel) was almost a century ago
Out of seven nominated over the years, only one asian has ever won best supporting actor (Haing S. Ngor for The Killing Fields in 1984)
In 1957, Miyoshi Umeki became the first asian woman to win best supporting actress for her role in Sayonara. No asian woman has won since then, although four have been nominated.
Ang Lee was the first (and so far only) asian person to win best director, and he’s done it twice. Once in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, and again in 2012 for Life of Pi.
No asian has ever won best adapted screenplay, and only two have ever been nominated (Wang Hui-ling and Tsai Kuo Jung for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000).
An asian has never won best original screenplay, but that could change tonight since Kumail Nanjiani is nominated (with Emily V. Gordon) for The Big Sick. He is also the only asian nominated in a major category at this year’s oscars.
I don’t have a profound note to end this on. All I can say is that the system is broken from the ground up. The problem isn’t really that asians aren’t being recognized for the work they do in western media. The problem is that asians generally aren’t being given the chance to do that work in the first place.
EDIT: A couple notes that I wasn’t gonna add cause I didn’t think anyone would keep reblogging this after the Oscars but here we are, so -
Obviously Kumail Nanjiani didn’t win. An Asian has still never won best original screenplay. Bummer (although I am extremely happy for Jordan Peele), but I know it’ll happen someday.
It has been brought to my attention that Merle Oberon may not have been Asian. If anything this just means that no Asian woman has ever been nominated for or won best actress, which is even worse.
OKAY HERE’S THE LOW DOWN ON BEN KINGSLEY: Yes he is British. He is also of Gujarati descent on his father’s side, making him part-Asian. You can be British and Asian at the same time. You can be American and Asian at the same time (like me!). When I say “Asian” in this post, I didn’t just mean “people who live in Asia”. I was referring to all people of Asian descent. I hope this clears things up for anyone who was confused.
Lastly, two Asians (that I know of) did win Oscars last night! One was Kazuhiro Tsuji, and he (along with David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick) won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Darkest Hour. The other was Robert Lopez, who won Best Original Song (with Kristen Anderson-Lopez) for “Remember Me” from Coco.
It sounds like something dreamed up by a team of romantic comedy writers: A Pakistani-American comic falls in love with an American graduate student, but because of cultural pressures from his family, he is forced to keep his relationship a secret. It’s only when she becomes mysteriously ill and is put into a medically induced coma that he decides to tell his family about the woman he loves.
That’s the plot of the new film The Big Sick, but it’s also how the film’s co-writers, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon met and fell in love in real life.
Nanjiani, who plays himself in the film, says the days Gordon spent in a coma were pivotal to their relationship. “This sounds like a movie moment, but it really, really isn’t. I remember seeing her laying there in the coma for the first time and I remember having the thought, If she comes out of this, I’m going to marry her.”
Gordon did come out of the coma, and she and Nanjiani married three months later. Though their story ended happily, Gordon (played in the film by Zoe Kazan) says both she and Nanjiani were careful about “not writing anything that felt disrespectful or off-base or off-color” for the screen adaptation of their story.
“Because we had been through it … we knew the emotional truth of what happened,” she says. “And we knew that we didn’t want to disrespect what actually happened and the seriousness of being in a medically induced coma.”
I love everything about this interaction. A respectful call-out, the recognition that referring to a woman only by her relationship to a man is misogynistic, and the proper response from the Washington Post. Warm fuzzies all around ❤️❤️
Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Chambers, Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, James Franco, Diane Kruger, Emilia Clarke and Timothée Chalamet attend The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Director - Rian Johnson, Cinematography - Steve Yedlin
“You think nobody sees you. Eating lunch behind the portables. Loving some girl like she’s all there is, anywhere, to you. I’ve always seen you. Or maybe I liked Emily. Maybe I see what you’re trying to do for her, trying to help her, and I don’t know anybody who would do that for me.”
Putting your partner on a pedestal essentially guarantees two things: that you won’t be able to build any real intimacy, and that the person will disappoint you. No one can last on a pedestal. Everyone is flawed and will eventually show those flaws- and then you’ll be left wondering what you’ve been worshipping the whole time. Don’t treat a partner like gold. Treat a partner like a person you like and respect and also want to make out with.
Looper (2012) Dir. by Rian Johnson
↳ “Then I saw it. I saw a mom who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.”