Momentous Oscar Firsts

This year’s Oscars have yet to be handed out, but even the list of nominees presents a few milestones worth noting. For the first time, at least one black actor is in the running for a golden statuette in each of the four acting categories (to be precise, the six black actors nominated this year is a record itself). Amazon has become the first streaming service to snag a Best Picture nomination after backing the drama Manchester by the Sea. Australia received its first Best Foreign Language Feature nod with Tanna‘s place on the ballot.

Here, we take a look at 13 Momentous Oscar Firsts throughout the years. Care to learn why Beauty and the Beast and Midnight Cowboy hold special places in the history of the Academy Awards? Scroll away. ~Ashleen Grange and Matthew Pariselli

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