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2021 Oscar nominees set diversity records; Spin scooters made a return to Athens this week

Today is Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Here’s what you need to know:

Good morning, 

The Oscars and Academy Awards face heavy scrutiny each year with the lack of diversity amongst nominees. This year, thankfully, things are different. 

On Monday, nine actors of color earned nominations — setting a record for diversity in those categories. After years of efforts and demands for the Academy to diversify, the achievement signifies monumental change following the all-white nominee slate in 2015 and 2016 ceremonies. 

Minari star Steven Yeun became the first Asian American for Best Actor; Sound of Metal star Riz Ahmed became the first person of Pakistani descent to be ever be nominated for an Oscar; nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Yuh-Jung Youn of Minari became the first Korean woman to ever be nominated; Chadwick Boseman earned a Best Actor nomination for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, marking the first time in Oscar history that the category is not mostly white. 

Boseman is also the first actor of color to receive a posthumous Oscar nomination. 

The 93rd Academy Awards will air April 25, 2021, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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