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Bridging history and Hollywood: Lily Gladstone’s trailblazing Oscar nomination marks a milestone for Indigenous cinema

Lily Gladstone

The New York Times is recognizing Lily Gladstone’s recent Oscar nomination for Best Actress as it marks an extraordinary milestone in the world of cinema. Not only is she nominated for her incredible performance as Mollie Burkhart in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” but she has also become the first Native American person ever to receive a competitive acting Academy Award nomination. This is a moment of immense significance and a powerful step forward for Indigenous inclusivity and representation in the film industry.

Her breakthrough role in “Certain Women” catapulted her into the industry’s spotlight, and her portrayal of Mollie in “Killers” has garnered critical acclaim. It’s a role that challenges stereotypes and brings to light historical events, creating a deeper understanding of the past and present.

Gladstone’s achievements extend beyond the Oscars, as she made history by winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress, delivering a powerful speech that included the Blackfeet language. This recognition represents a pivotal moment not only in her career but also in the broader landscape of Indigenous representation in film. As we celebrate her accomplishments, we look forward to more groundbreaking performances and stories that illuminate the rich tapestry of Native American culture on the big screen.

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MVSKOKE Media, “Lily Gladstone makes history as first Indigenous Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee” 

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Minda Corso
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