Ana de Armas, Brian Tyree Henry and Michelle Yeoh lead the acting race as first-time Oscar nominees.
The faces may look familiar, but the encounters are completely new.
When the nominations for the 95th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, there were 16 first-time nominees in the four main acting categories: Austin Butler, Hong Chau, Kerry Condon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Tyree Henry, Stephanie Hsu, Barry Keoghan, Paul Mescal, Bill Nighy, Ke Hui Quan, Andrea Riseborough and Michelle Yeoh.
Some are Curtis (Supporting Actor in All At Once), Farrell (Leading Actor in Banshees of Inishreen), Fraser (Leading Actor in Whale) and Yoh. (actress in the lead role in the movie “All at once”) are familiar faces who have been working in the industry for years.
Waiting years for his first nomination seemed to sweeten things up for Quan, who was a child actor in popular films like The Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. His performance in All At Once, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, marked his return to the big screen after decades of acting.
“I can’t describe how amazing it feels to be nominated for an Oscar,” Quan said in a statement to CNN.
“I never dreamed of this moment. It still doesn’t seem real!” he said. “Thank you so much to the Academy for this wonderful honor and for believing in our little film. The outpouring of love and warm welcome is something I will remember forever.
Farrell, a first-time Oscar nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Banshees of Inishreen, mentioned all the “guys” in the said category.
“I’m so grateful to the Academy for all the love they’ve shared with the cast and crew of The Banshees,” Farrell said in a statement to CNN. “Besides, it is not an honor to group with my other candidates. I congratulate all the guys!”.
Brian Tyree Henry, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the psychological drama Causeway, celebrated his nomination with a stranger.
“I am beyond proud to be nominated!!!!! And in such a great company!!! I’m very grateful,” Henry said in a statement to CNN. “And to the random person in the elevator who saw me screaming for the news, thank you for hugging me and not freaking out!!!!!”
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