Lily Gladstone learned about her historic Academy Award nomination by the looks on her parents’ faces.
The Killers Of The Flower Moon star told The Hollywood Reporter how he learned he was the first Native American to be nominated for an acting Oscar after the announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon.
“My mom turned her camera around, and she was recording TV,” he said of the FaceTime call.
“And I told her, ‘No, Mom, I don’t want to learn from watching it on your phone. I want to learn from your and father’s faces.’”
Lily continued: “Of course, I could barely hear my name over the phone, but their reaction told me it was a nod.”
The actor, who is from the Blackfeet reservation in Montana, told Good Morning America that he was touched by the “outpouring of love” he received from the Native American community.Lily Gladstone with Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers Of The Flower Moon
To honor the Osage lives that inspired Killers Of The Flower Moon and the people who helped tell their story, the Golden Globe winner said he was “willing” to be present on the Osage reservation for the announcement.
Paying special tribute to the woman at the center of the story, he told GMA, “definitely remembering Mollie Kyle” and “the most incredible community that made this moment possible, and really wanted to share that here.”
Lily is the first Native actor from settled lands in the United States to receive an Oscar nomination but not the first Native actor to be nominated for an on-screen role.
In 2003, Māori actor Keisha Castle-Hughes from New Zealand was nominated for Whale Rider. Mexico’s Yalitza Aparicio, who is part of the Mixtec and Triqui peoples, also received recognition for her performance in Rome in 2018.