Oscars nominations 2018: Rachel Morrison becomes first female cinematographer to receive a nod

This is a huge step forward for women

Laura Harding
New York
,Ilana Kaplan
Tuesday 23 January 2018 20:28
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Cinematographer Rachel Morrison on the set of "Mudbound." Credit: Steve Dietl / Netflix.
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison on the set of "Mudbound." Credit: Steve Dietl / Netflix.

The 2018 Oscars are set to be a historic occasion: Rachel Morrison has received the first nomination for a female cinematographer for her work in Mudbound.

Morrison's inclusion in the best cinematography category is the first time a woman has been nominated in the award show's 90-year span.

Just a few weeks ago, she received a nomination in the feature-film category at the American Society of Cinematographer Awards for her work on the Netflix film.

Morrison's work will next be seen on screen in Black Panther.

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 award.

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 nomination for best supporting actress.

Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet, 22, is now the youngest best actor nominee since 1939.

The last time an actor was nominated was when Mickey Rooney received 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.

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, garnering 21 nominations times since 1979.

A nod as best actress in The Post helped her earn this title.

In another historic moment, Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman to receive a nod for best director, for her movie Lady Bird, and Jordan Peele became the fifth black director to receive a nomination for his directorial debut Get Out.

The Oscars will air on March 4 featuring Jimmy Kimmel as the host.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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