Only 3 Asian Actors Have Won An Oscar…Ever

Only 3 Asian Actors Have Won An Oscar…Ever


(audience clapping) – And the Oscar goes to. – [Narrator] In the 89-year
history of the Academy Awards there’ve been over 1500
acting nominations. Of those, only 16 nominations
have recognized Asian actors. You heard that right. 16 ever in history of
the Oscars and humankind. Four of those nominations
went to the same person, Sir Ben Kingsley. Kingsley won best actor
for his role in Gandhi. And only two other Asian actors have received the coveted statue, Miyoshi Umeki and Haing S. Ngor. Oh, and an Asian woman has
never won best actress. Merle Oberon is the only
nominee in this category. That was in 1935. She was the Academy’s
first Asian nominee ever. 82 years later, Dev Patel
brings the total number of individual actor nominations to 13. – Do you have any idea what it’s like knowing my
real brother and mother spend every day of their
lives looking for me? – [Narrator] So, that’s
three wins and 13 nominees in 89 years. But this lack of representation extends to the rest of Hollywood. – Noble ladies, kind gentlemen. Pleased to introduce myself. – [Narrator] The film
industry has a long tradition of casting white actors in Asian roles. – I share your taste in women, Targutai. But not in blood. Farewell, Tartar woman. – [Narrator] And while it may seem like things have gotten better opportunities for Asian actors
continue to be whitewashed in favor of Tilda Swinton
in Doctor Strange, Emma Stone in Aloha, Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, or the Good Guys in the last Airbender. You get the picture. But the world we see in films
should reflect the real world. In the words of one of
Hollywood’s few Asian voiced Asian body characters. – We’ve got a long way to go. (epic music)

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