#OscarWatch2018: Dee Rees, Mary J. Blige, and Mudbound make history
Mudbound director Dee Rees (along with co-writer Virgil Williams) was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award. This makes her the first Black woman since Suzanne de Passe to earn an Oscar nomination for writing.
Mary J. Blige earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her brilliant turn as Florence Jackson as well as a Best Song nomination for the song "Mighty River." And Rachel Morrison, who lensed Mudbound, became the first woman in the Academy's 90-year history to be nominated for Best Cinematography. Here is hoping she wins because Mudbound is one of the most beautifully shot movies I saw in 2017 (outside of Lemon).
To be honest, this is a pretty abysmal track record for The Academy. And I am still miffed that Dee Rees wasn't nominated for Best Director.
But I do hope that this is a sign that change is coming, however slow it has been to come about.