For the First Time Ever, a Female Cinematographer Was Nominated for an Oscar

Updated 01/30/18
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You can add cinematographer Rachel Morrison to the growing list of women making history in 2018. As Los Angeles Times reports, Morrison is the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar in the cinematography category in the award show's entire 90-year history.

The 39-year-old cinematographer was nominated for Netflix's Mudbound, which follows two Mississippi families, one black and one white, as they navigate prejudice, farming, and family in the tumultuous World War II era. The film, which stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, and Mary J. Blige, was nominated for 18 major awards for the 2018 season, taking home one win so far.

"I'm glad that people are recognizing the craft of it and not making decisions based on tokenism; Rachel's work is on the screen," said Mudbound director Dee Rees on a recent episode of Variety's Playback podcast. "Go to Sandi Sissel; go to Ellen Kuras; go to Rachel Morrison—women have been making interesting images for a long time." Mudbound is currently streaming on Netflix, and you can catch a glimpse of Morrison's former work in Marvel's Black Panther. Congratulations to Morrison and the entire Mudbound team!

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