Who Is Rachel Morrison? Meet The First Female Oscar Cinematography Category Nominee

Who Is Rachel Morrison? Meet The First Female Oscar Cinematography Category Nominee

Morrison was director of photography for the Netflix-produced film "Mudbound".

Directed by Dee Rees, the historical drama - starring Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Jason Clarke, and supporting actress nominee Mary J. Blige - traveled the festival circuit late a year ago, additionally becoming Netflix's first fiction title to score multiple Oscar nominations outside the documentary categories.

The Grammy-winning star has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dee Rees' Mudbound.

The Oscar nomination, which Morrison described as "a dream come true", is the latest recognition she's received for "Mudbound". It's a classic film that's already being taught in colleges and universities, so it should have been nominated there.

Morrison, who graduated from Concord Academy in 1996, told the Los Angeles Times that she hoped her nomination would encourage more women to pursue cinematography.

The Oscar nominees for best actor in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. The frontrunner in the category is Allison Janney, nominated for "I, Tonya", for which she won the Golden Globe and SAG awards for supporting actress.

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But the biggest crafts story was Rachel Morrison making Oscar history as the first female cinematographer to secure a nomination for her poetic work on "Mudbound".

Morrison's work will next be seen on the screen in the film "Black Panther".

Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" (2009) • Bigelow's war drama earned nine nominations and took home six awards - including Best Picture. In the same interview with the Times, Morrison said that she's noticed men get more opportunities to work on middle- and big-budget studio projects than women. A third juror, actor Michael Stuhlbarg, has the rare distinction of appearing in three Best Picture nominees: "Call Me by Your Name", "The Post" and "The Shape of Water".

Fantasy romance flick, "The Shape of Water", landed 13 nominations, the highest at this year's awards.

Peele was nominated for both director and original screenplay for the groundbreaking horror pic "Get Out", which scored three nominations total. The Academy nominated Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, so I guess they couldn't possibly have two women up for Best Director in the same year.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 90th Annual Academy Awards is set to air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 4, on ABC. You can view all of the nominations here.

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