Oscars nominees who could make history this year

The 2018 Oscars could be full of historic moments.

Several of this year’s nominees could shatter records related to race, age and gender at the 90th annual Academy Awards. 

Read on for a look at a few of the individuals who may enter the record books Sunday night. 

Timothee Chalamet

Actor Timothee Chalamet accepts the breakthrough actor award at the 27th annual Independent Film Project's Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in New York.

Timothy Chalamet, 22, is up for Best Actor.  (AP)

Timothee Chalamet could break a record that’s belonged to Adrien Brody for almost 15 years: Brody became the youngest Best Actor winner ever at 29 years old at the 2003 Oscars for his role in "The Pianist."

Chalamet, 22, is currently up for his role in “Call Me By Your Name.”

Yance Ford

Director Yance Ford attends The Root 100 Gala, honoring the most influential African Americans of the past year, at Guastavino's on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Yance Ford is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.  (Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Director Yance Ford has already made history as the first transgender director to receive an Oscar nod, but he could go one step further and become the first to win.

He and producer Joslyn Barnes are up for Best Documentary Feature for “Strong Island,” which is about Ford’s investigation into his brother’s 1992 murder.

“I think that everybody out there should know that there is a generation of trans directors who are coming for their Oscars,” Ford told Entertainment Weekly last month. “So this might be the first, but it certainly won’t be the last.”


Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig attends the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Directors of the Year Award ceremony at the Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

"Lady Bird" filmmaker Greta Gerwig is up for Best Director.  (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

“Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig could wind up becoming just the second woman named Best Director.

Before that, Kathryn Bigelow was the fourth woman nominated and first to win, beating out her ex-husband James Cameron and several others in 2010 to win for the Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker.”

"I remember when Kathryn Bigelow won and how much that meant to me," Gerwig told USA TODAY. "And when I was watching it and seeing her up there, I felt like something was shifting inside of me. And when Sofia (Coppola) was nominated for Lost in Translation and feeling like, ‘Yeah, I hope I get to do that.’”

Rachel Morrison

Rachel Morrison arrives at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Oscar nominee Rachel Morrison.  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Rachel Morrison could take home an Oscar this year as the first woman to get a Best Cinematography nod. 

The “Mudbound” director of photography spoke about her nomination to the Los Angeles Times, calling it “a dream come true.”

She told the newspaper, “I really hope that it opens the door for more women to believe that they can do it and follow their dreams and become cinematographers. I think that once you see 50% of us [in the industry], you'll see a lot more nominations this time of year.”

Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani attends the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award ceremony at the Arlington Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

"The Big Sick" screenwriter Kumail Nanjiani is up for Best Original Screenplay.  (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Kumail Nanjiani is up for Best Original Screenplay for the romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” alongside his wife Emily V. Gordon.

Nanjiani, who is Pakistani-American, could be the first Asian-descent nominee to nab a writing award, Gold Derby reported.


Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele attends the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Directors of the Year Award ceremony at the Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Oscar nominee and "Get Out" director Jordan Peele.  (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

No black filmmaker has ever been named Best Director, but that could change with Jordan Peele.

Peele's Oscar nod makes him the fifth black filmmaker nominated for directing, and the third to helm a Best Picture nominee, following Barry Jenkins last year for “Moonlight.”

Peele is currently up for directing the horror film “Get Out.”

Christopher Plummer

Cast member Christopher Plummer poses at the premiere for "All the Money in the World" in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RC1236D765C0

Christopher Plummer has been nominated for his supporting role in "All the Money in the World."  (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Christopher Plummer may set another benchmark for oldest acting winner: he was 82 years old when he won a supporting actor award at the 2012 Oscars.

Plummer could win on March 4 for his supporting work in the kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to have received this nomination by the Academy,” the 88-year-old said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “It was quite unexpected, but incredibly gratifying. Everything has happened so quickly of late that I am still a trifled stunned, but excited by it all.”

Kevin Spacey's part as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty was re-cast with Plummer following allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey. Plummer was added to the film in reshoots just weeks before the film's release. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.