The entire Best Actor lineup is made of first-time Oscar nominees, including Farrell, Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living), Paul Mescal (Aftersun), and Austin Butler (Elvis). Other first-time nominees include Hong Chau for The Whale, Brian Tyree Henry for Causeway, Andrea Riseborough for To Leslie, and Ana de Armas for Blonde.
The large number of first-time nominees is a breath of fresh air. They give us a chance to celebrate industry veterans like Yeoh, Quan, and Fraser, as well as younger actors with fewer feature films under their belt like Mescal, Hsu, and Butler.
Of the four nominees who have already been nominated for Academy Awards — Cate Blanchett (TÁR), Judd Hirsch (The Fabelmans), Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), and Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans) — only Blanchett has ever won. Because of this, it’s possible we’ll seeing a lineup of four first-time Oscar winners come the 95th Academy Awards.