asian talent take awards season 2021 by storm

‘Tis the season! And what a win it is for Asian (American) talents of all genres – especially in music and film. Here are our winners and nominees. A huge congratulations to everyone!

Grammys 2021 Nominations and Wins

  • Song of the Year | “I Can’t Breathe” – H.E.R.
  • Best R& B Song | “Better than I Imagined” – H.E.R.
  • Best R& B Song | “Slow Down” – H.E.R. (with Skip Marley)
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance | “Dynamite” – BTS
  • Best R&B Performance | “Lightning & Thunder” – Jhené Aiko ft. John Legend
  • Album of the Year – Chilombo – Jhené Aiko
  • Best Progressive R&B Album – Chilombo – Jhené Aiko
  • Best New Age Album | Periphery – Priya Darshini
  • Best New Age Album | Meditations – Cory Wong and Jon Batiste
  • Best Regional Roots Music Album |  Lovely Sunrise – Nā Wai ʽEhā
  • Best Global Music Album | Love Letters – Anoushka Shankar
  • Best Musical Theater Album | Soft Power – Francis Jue, Austin Ku; David Henry Hwang, lyricist
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Best Song Written for Visual Media | “Into the Unknown” (Frozen II) – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

For the full list of the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards winners and nominations, click here.

Update: H.E.R. also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH’s “Fight for You“.


MINARI tells the tale of an immigrant Korean-American family who moves to Arkansas in search of a new and better life. Set in the early 1980s, director Lee Isaac Chung based his own real life experiences in creating the film.

6 Academy Award Nominations and 1 Win

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Steven Yeun
  • Best Achievement in Directing | Lee Isaac Chung
  • Best Original Screenplay | Lee Isaac Chung
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role | Yuh-Jung Youn
  • Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures

1 Golden Globe Nomination and Win

10 Critic’s Choice Awards Nominations and 2 Wins

  • Best Picture
  • Best Foreign Language Film
  • Best Director | Lee Isaac Chung
  • Best Actor | Steven Yeun
  • Best Supporting Actress | Yuh-Jung Youn
  • Best Young Actor/Actress | Alan Kim
  • Best Acting Ensemble
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Score

3 Screen Actor’s Guild Award Nominations and 1 Win

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role | Yuh-Jung Youn
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role | Steven Yeun
  • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

6 BAFTA Nominations and 1 Win

  • Best Supporting Actress | Yuh-Jung Youn
  • Best Film Not in the English Language
  • Best Supporting Actor | Alan S. Kim
  • Best Direction | Lee Isaac Chung
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Casting

For the full list of MINARI’s awards and nominations, click here.

MINARI is now available to rent on Amazon Prime.


NOMADLAND – starring Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand is a story about a woman in her sixties who “embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad”. Directed and written by Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND is adapted from Jessica Bruder’s nonfiction book, “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.”

6 Academy Award Nominations and 3 Wins

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role | Frances McDormand
  • Best Achievement in Directing | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Adapted Screenplay | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Achievement in Film Editing | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography

4 Golden Globe Nominations and 2 wins

  • Best Motion Picture Drama
  • Best Director – Motion Picture | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture | Frances McDormand

6 Critic’s Choice Awards Nominations and 4 Wins

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Adapted Screenplay | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Actress | Frances McDormand
  • Best Cinematography | Joshua James Richards
  • Best Editing | Chloé Zhao

1 Screen Actor’s Guild Award Nomination

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Leading Role | Frances McDormand

7 BAFTA Nominations and 4 Wins

  • Best Film
  • Best Actress | Frances McDormand
  • Best Direction| Chloé Zhao
  • Best Cinematography | Joshua James Richards
  • Best Editing | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Adapted Screenplay | Chloé Zhao
  • Best Sound

For the full list of NOMADLAND’s awards and nominations, click here.

NOMADLAND is now streaming on Hulu.


SOUND OF METAL is a drama film about a heavy-metal drummer who begins to lose his hearing.

6 Academy Award Nominations and 2 Wins

  • Best Motion Picture of the Year
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Riz Ahmed
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role | Paul Raci
  • Best Sound
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Achievement in Film Editing

1 Golden Globe Nomination

5 Critic’s Choice Awards Nominations and 1 Win

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor | Riz Ahmed
  • Best Supporting Actor | Paul Raci
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Film Editing

1 Screen Actor’s Guild Award Nomination

  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role | Riz Ahmed

4 BAFTA Nominations and 2 Wins

  • Best Actor | Riz Ahmed
  • Best Supporting Actor | Paul Raci
  • Best Sound
  • Best Editing

For the full list of SOUND OF METAL’s awards and nominations, click here.

SOUND OF METAL is now streaming on Amazon Prime.


more nominees!

  • The Hulu comedy PEN15 was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series.
  • The animated short film Opera, directed by Erick Oh is nominated for a Best Animated Short Oscar.


For the full list of this year’s Oscar nominations, click here. The 2021 Academy Awards will air on April 25 on ABC.


**This is not the full list of all nominations and wins across the board. Please view the respective links above for a more detailed list. Thank you!*

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