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Lily Gladstone: Shaking Up the Oscars Scene

Guess what? Lily Gladstone is making history, and she might just pull it off again. At 37, she’s not exactly a newbie in the acting game – you might’ve caught her in shows like Billions or flicks like Certain Women. But the real buzz started when she stepped into the 3.5-hour spectacle, Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by the legend Martin Scorsese.

Making Waves with an Oscars Nomination

Now, hold on to your popcorn because Lily’s throwing some major curveballs. She’s the first-ever Native American woman to snag a nomination for best actress at the Oscars. The big reveal happens on March 10 in Los Angeles. Will she bag the win too? We’ll have to wait and see.

Lily ain’t shy about the historical weight of this moment. She points out that considering cinema’s roots and the early films featuring native people, this nomination feels long overdue. “I’m grateful, it’s about time,” she says, soaking in the significance.

From Under the Radar to Golden Globe Glory

Sure, she wasn’t a household name before, but Lily’s talent isn’t going unnoticed. The Golden Globe on her shelf for Killers of the Flower Moon is proof. Yet, she keeps it real, giving props to the community that’s had her back. Winning that trophy? It’s not just hers – it belongs to the whole crew backing her journey.

And get this, she’s not the first indigenous nominee in the best actress category. Whale Rider’s Keisha Castle-Hughes and Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio paved the way. But Lily? She’s the first from the good ol’ USA, adding another layer to the excitement.

Roots and Recognition

Born in Kalispell, Montana, Lily grew up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Acting dreams kicked in at five when she wanted to be an Ewok after watching Return of the Jedi. Imagine growing up in a place that’s snowed in for a chunk of the year – movies became her go-to, her escape.

From playing an evil step-sister in a local Cinderella production to navigating the world of acting, Lily found her groove. She describes her school days as that of a “popular nerd” with a bustling social life. But rehearsals were her thing, and her classmates predicted it – she was voted “most likely to win an Oscar.”

The Oscars and Other Adventures

Fast forward to her first feature film in 2012, Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, sharing the screen with Benicio del Toro. Roles in Winter in the Blood and Buster’s Mal Heart followed, with Rami Malek as her co-star. But the real breakthrough happened with Certain Women in 2016, earning her the best supporting actress nod from critics in LA and Boston.

Oscar Hopes Amidst the Competition

Now, about the Oscars. Lily’s in the running for the best actress gig, but it’s not a guaranteed win. Emma Stone from Poor Things is giving her a run for her money. Regardless of the outcome, Lily Gladstone has already made her mark, breaking barriers, and inspiring a whole bunch of dreamers along the way. Oscars or not, she’s a winner in our eyes.