Lily Gladstone has finally shared her feelings after becoming the first Native American actress to be nominated in the 'Best Actress' category for the 2024 Oscars.
In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, the 37-year-old actress expressed that she feels 'incredible’ about this historic achievement.
“It’s incredible, and a huge part of me just wants to say that it shouldn’t have been me. This should have happened so much longer ago,” Lily said after earning her first Academy Award nomination for her performance in Killers of the Flower Moon.
Lily further said, “It took a while. I remember when Keisha Castle-Hughes was nominated for Whale Rider, and I remember how I felt when I watched this incredible actress, the youngest and first Indigenous nominee in the category, tell this story.”
“That felt so universal and felt so close to my upbringing, to my relationship with my land, with my family, with my father, with my language, all of it. It was incredible to see her representation, and this feels like it’s a true honour,” she continued.
The Certain Women actress emphasized, “I always say this, but it’s not fully mine. It belongs to so many people: the Osage Nation, the Blackfeet Nation, the Nez Perce Nation, every Indigenous actor whose shoulders I stand on.”
“It’s circumstantial that I’m the first, and I’m so very grateful,” Lily added.