Global talent was prominent at the 95th Academy Awards, with many of this year’s winners hailing from diverse backgrounds. The extent of diversity at the 2023 Oscars is a subject of debate among critics.
The awards ceremony featured a record number of winners of Chinese and Indian descent, such as Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Daniel Kwan, Jonathan Wang, M.M. Keeravaani, and Chandrabose.
However, there was only one Black winner, Ruth Carter, who won her second Oscars for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and one Latino filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro, who won for his animated feature Pinocchio.
The 2023 Oscars are being praised for their global diversity. This year’s event featured a majority of international winners, with 13 out of 24 Oscar categories won by non-U.S. nominees.
Even the best actor and best actress categories were mostly non-U.S. actors, with Brendan Fraser and Michelle Yeoh respectively taking the top honors. Other categories, such as best cinematography, best editing, and best hair and make-up, were also dominated by international nominees.
Overall, this year’s Oscars had an almost equal split between U.S. and international nominees, with 63 American nominations and 62 international nominations.