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Mudbound’s Rachel Morrison Is the First Woman to Be Nominated for Best Cinematography

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Rachel Morrison attends the screening of Netflix's 'Mudbound' at the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2017 Presented By Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)
Rachel Morrison is the first female cinematographer to be recognized in the Academy Awards’ 90-year history.
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The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and it was a better showing for women behind the camera than the Golden Globes, which were expertly called out by Natalie Portman for their failure to recognize any female directors.

Rachel Morrison made history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for her work on Dee Rees’ World War II period drama Mudbound. Morrison, who has been shooting films since 2001, has already picked up the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer for Mudbound, making her the first woman to so, as well as being the first woman nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Releases. She is also the first woman to shoot a major superhero movie, with her next film, Marvel’s Black Panther, out next month.

With Greta Gerwig also receiving a well-deserved Best Director nomination for Lady Bird, and Tatiana S. Riegel nominated for Best Film Editing for I, Tonya, very few of the Oscar categories feature all-male nominees, as they so often have in the past.

Read more in Slate about the 2018 Oscars.