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Thursday 27 June 2019

History could be in making at this year's awards

Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Photo: Steve Dietl/Netflix
Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Photo: Steve Dietl/Netflix

Laura Harding

The 2018 Oscars would make history tomorrow if there are wins for the first black director and the first female cinematographer.

Rachel Morrison's inclusion in the best cinematography category for her work on 'Mudbound' is the first time a woman has been among the nominees.

She will compete against British cinematographer Roger Deakins, who received his 14th nod for his work on 'Blade Runner 2049'. He has never won the prize.

The film's director, Dee Rees, missed out on a best director nod but has become the first black woman to direct an Oscar-nominated performance, with Mary J Blige landing a nod for best supporting actress. Blige is the first person ever to be nominated for an acting performance and an original song in a single year, after her track 'Mighty River' from the film also received a nod.

If Greta Gerwig wins the best director category, for her solo debut 'Lady Bird', she will be only the second woman to be awarded the prize, after Kathryn Bigelow for 'The Hurt Locker' in 2010.

If Jordan Peele wins the category for 'Get Out', he will be the first black filmmaker to take the honour. The other previous nominees were John Singleton for 'Boyz n The Hood', Lee Daniels for 'Precious', Steve McQueen for '12 Years A Slave' and, last year, Barry Jenkins for 'Moonlight'.

'Call Me By Your Name' star Timothee Chalamet (22) is now the youngest best actor nominee since 1939. If he wins, he will be the youngest-ever winner in that category.

Irish Independent

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