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Poll: Oscars 2019 — Historic Winner and Nominee Breakthroughs

The Oscars' 91st Academy Awards was a milestone ceremony with a number of firsts (individual, company, industry, geographic, demographic etc.) and breakthroughs.

Which of these select notable Academy firsts is the most historically important breakthrough from a 2019 Oscar winner, nominee or group to you?

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    Regina King, Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, and Rami Malek at an event for The Oscars (2019)

    Breakthrough: People of color won a majority in acting categories for the first time ever.
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    Frances McDormand and Olivia Colman at an event for The Oscars (2019)

    Breakthrough: Women set a new benchmark with a record fifteen women winning Oscar awards at a single ceremony.
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    Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Isaach De Bankolé, Martin Freeman, Michael B. Jordan, Andy Serkis, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya, and Letitia Wright in Black Panther (2018)

    Breakthrough: Black Panther is the first superhero and/or comic book movie Oscar-nominated for Best Picture from any studio.
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    Spike Lee and Mahershala Ali at an event for The Oscars (2019)

    Breakthrough: Blacks set a new benchmark with a record seven Black men and women winning Oscar awards at a single ceremony.
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    Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and Guillermo del Toro

    Breakthrough: Mexico's Three Amigos Oscar continued winning ways have pushed the country into the top five among Oscar producing countries. Mexico raises its Oscar win total to thirty and trails worldwide only the United States, United Kingdom, France and Italy. * first among developing countries in the world
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    Alfonso Cuarón in Roma (2018)

    Breakthrough: Alfonso Cuarón is the first person to be a first quadruple producer-director-writer-cinematographer combination nominee. As well as, an impressive triple Oscar-nominee for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Original Screenplay in the same year.
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    Gabriela Rodriguez at an event for Roma (2018)

    Breakthrough: Gabriela Rodriguez is the first Latina and/or Hispanic woman to be Oscar-nominated for producing a Best Picture movie.
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    Peter Ramsey at an event for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    Breakthrough: Peter Ramsey is first black person to be Oscar-nominated or an Oscar-winner for directing a Best Animated Feature.
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    Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    Breakthrough: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s is the first animated feature utilizing a new patent pending animation process to be Oscar-nominated or an Oscar-winner for Best Animated Feature Film.
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    Alfonso Cuarón in Roma (2018)

    Breakthrough: Alfonso Cuarón is the first director to win Best Cinematography for his or her own film.
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    Becky Neiman and Domee Shi at an event for The Oscars (2019)

    Breakthrough: Domee Shi, director of Pixar's Bao,followed up her milestone as the first woman to have directed a Pixar short film. Shi became the first person of Chinese decent, first Asian woman and first woman of color to be Oscar-nominated or an Oscar-winner in the Best Animated Short category. As well as, Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb are the first pair of women to win Best Animated Short.
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    Ruth E. Carter at an event for The Oscars (2019)

    Breakthrough: Black Panther's wins for Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score are Marvel's first, second and third Oscar wins.
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    Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    Breakthrough: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the first Marvel film and the first Sony Animation film to be Oscar-nominated and an Oscar-winner for Best Animated Feature.
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    Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

    Breakthrough: Rami Malek is the first person of Egyptian heritage to be Oscar-nominated or an Oscar-winner for lead actor.
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    Jay Hart and Hannah Beachler at an event for The Oscars (2019)

    Breakthrough: Black Panther’s Hannah Beachler is the first black person to be Oscar-nominated or an Oscar-winner for Best Production Design.
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    Ruth E. Carter at an event for The Oscars (2019)

    Breakthrough: Black Panther’s Ruth E. Carter is the first black person to be an Oscar-winner for Best Costume Design. * Carter was previously Best Costume Design Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X (1992) and Amistad (1997)
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    Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Yalitza Aparicio, Daniela Demesa, Diego Cortina Autrey, and Carlos Peralta in Roma (2018)

    Breakthrough: Netflix’s Roma marks the first time the streaming giant has been Oscar-nominated in the Best Picture category.
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    Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio at an event for 76th Golden Globe Awards (2019)

    Breakthrough: The first time two Mexican-born actresses, Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira have been Oscar-nominated for awards in the same year.
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    Evan Hayes, Shannon Dill, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, and Jimmy Chin at an event for The Oscars (2019)

    Breakthrough: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are the first married couple of Asian descent to share an Oscar-nomination or an Oscar-win.
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    Minding the Gap (2018)

    Breakthrough: Hulu’s Minding the Gap marks the first time the streaming service has been nominated in the feature documentary category, as well as, their first Oscar-nomination of any kind.
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    Alfonso Cuarón and Pawel Pawlikowski

    Breakthrough: Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón and Cold War’s Paweł Pawlikowski mark the first time that two directors in the foreign language category have been nominated for Best Director in the same year.
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    Spike Lee at an event for BlacKkKlansman (2018)

    Breakthrough: BlacKkKlansman garners a 61-year old Spike Lee his first competitive Oscar win ever for his BlacKkKlansman (2018) in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. As well as, his first major Oscar-nominations for directing (6th black nominee) and producing (11th black nominee) after forty years of film-making.
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    Alex Honnold in Free Solo (2018)

    Breakthrough: Free Solo's Best Feature Documentary nomination and win is the first Oscar for the National Geographic network and its parent, the National Geographic Society.
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    Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born (2018)

    Breakthrough: Lady Gaga's dual Oscar-nomination is first lead acting and original song combination in the same year.
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    Lalo Schifrin

    Breakthrough: Lalo Schifrin is first Latino and Argentine person to receive an Honorary Academy Award. * for career contributions including writing scores for more than 100 films.
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    Ed Perkins in Black Sheep (2018)

    Breakthrough: The Guardian’s Black Sheep marks the first time the newspaper has been nominated in the short subject documentary category, as well as, their first Oscar-nomination of any kind.
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    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Kevin Feige, and Chadwick Boseman at an event for Black Panther (2018)

    Breakthrough: Black Panther is the first Marvel film to be nominated for Best Picture.
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    Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Yalitza Aparicio, Daniela Demesa, Diego Cortina Autrey, and Carlos Peralta in Roma (2018)

    Breakthrough: Roma is Mexico's first foreign-language Oscar win. As well as, the first Spanish spoken or Mixtec spoken movie nominated in the Best Picture category.

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