Wednesday 12 December 2018

Rachel Morrison makes Oscar history with cinematography nod

She is the first woman to be nominated in the category.

Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Steve Dietl/Netflix)
Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Steve Dietl/Netflix)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Oscars history has been made with the first nomination for a female cinematographer.

Rachel Morrison’s inclusion in the best cinematography category is the first time a woman has been among the nominees.

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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.

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Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet, 22, is now the youngest best actor nominee since 1939, when Mickey Rooney bagged a nod for Babes In Arms when he was 19.

If he wins, he will be the youngest-ever winner in that category, besting Adrien Brody for The Pianist, who was 29.

Christopher Plummer, 88, has become the oldest nominee for best supporting actor for his role in All The Money In The World.

The previous record holder was Robert Duvall for The Judge in 2014 when he was 84.

He is already the oldest winner in the category for Beginners in 2011 when he was 82.

James Ivory, 89, who is nominated for best adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, is now the oldest Oscar nominee ever, taking the title from Titanic star Gloria Stuart, who was 87.

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James Ivory

Director Agnes Varda collected an honorary Oscar at the age of 89 in 2017.

Meryl Streep has broken her own record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated 21 times since her first nomination in 1979 for her performance in The Deer Hunter.

She has picked up another best actress nod for The Post.

Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever to be nominated for best director, for her film Lady Bird, while Jordan Peele became the fifth black director to be nominated for the prize, for Get Out.

Press Association

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