On Tuesday, Mudbound cinematographer the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made Rachel Morrison the first woman ever nominated for a best cinematography Academy Award. Earlier this month, Morrison also became the first woman nominated by the American Society of Cinematographers for an award in outstanding achievement in a theatrical release.
“Honestly I am still in shock a little bit, but I am incredibly excited and incredibly honored,” Morrison told ABC News after her Oscar nomination was announced. “This is literally a dream come true.”
Morrison, 39, noted that women remain “such a small percentage” of cinematographers, but said that she felt the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up initiative would help get more women involved behind the scenes in the film industry. She also expressed hope that the public recognition of her work would inspire “young women to follow their dreams and to get in the camera department and become cinematographers.”
“My hope is that the nomination is for the work and not tokenism,” she told ABC News. “I’m honored to be a part of this year but my hope is that it’s … for the work itself. It feels like times are changing finally. We are busting through the ceilings and hopefully never looking back.”
Today’s Oscar nom couldn’t have seemed further away not long ago so I hope it tells all the dreamers out there (especially the young girls with cameras in their hands) that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Thank you to Dee Rees and to the Academy for making my dream a reality. #oscarnoms
— Rachel Morrison (@morrisondp) January 23, 2018
Morrison’s nomination was not the only notable one in this year’s batch. Greta Gerwig became only the fifth woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar on Tuesday. Gerwig, 34, was nominated for Lady Bird, which racked up a total of five Oscar nominations. The four women previously nominated in the category are, Lina Wertmuller in 1977, Jane Campion in 1994, Sofia Coppola in 2004, and Kathryn Bigelow in 2010. Since the Academy began giving best director awards in 1927, Bigelow is the only woman to have ever won for her critically acclaimed film The Hurt Locker.
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