EntertainmentLily Gladstone makes history at the Oscars, a win for diversity

Lily Gladstone makes history at the Oscars, a win for diversity

TODAY -- Pictured: Lily Gladstone on Thursday, January 11, 2024 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Lily Gladstone on Thursday, January 11, 2024 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty Images)
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11:21 PM EST, January 23, 2024

In a remarkable feat of cinematic history, Lily Gladstone has been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Killers of the Flower Moon." This nomination is a personal triumph for Gladstone and a historic moment for Native American representation in Hollywood. Gladstone, who is of Blackfeet and Nez Perce heritage, plays the character of Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman entangled in a web of murder and deceit. Her performance has been widely acclaimed, marking her as the first Native American to be nominated in the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards​​​​.

Breaking Barriers in Film

Gladstone's journey to this monumental nomination is a story of breaking barriers and expanding the horizons of Native American actors in mainstream cinema. Her nomination is a testament to the growing recognition of diverse voices in the film industry. Previously, indigenous actors like Merle Oberon, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Yalitza Aparicio have been acknowledged at the Oscars. Still, Gladstone's nomination marks a significant milestone. It is an achievement for her and a moment of pride and inspiration for indigenous communities worldwide​​​​.

"Killers of the Flower Moon": A Story of Struggle and Triumph

Directed by Martin Scorsese, "Killers of the Flower Moon" delves into the dark chapters of American history, depicting the Reign of Terror against the Osage Nation in the early 20th century. Gladstone's portrayal of Mollie Burkhart brings to life the struggles and resilience of the Osage people. Her role in the film has earned her critical acclaim and brought to the forefront the often-overlooked narratives of Native Americans. The film has garnered several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, showcasing its impact and importance in contemporary cinema​​.

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