Mudbound director Dee Rees has made history as the first African America woman ever to be nominated for Writing (Adapted Screenplay).  This is major as Suzanne de Passe is the only black woman to ever be nominated for best Original Screenplay as a co-writer of 1972’s Lady Sings The Blues.

In addition to Rees’ historical nomination, Mary J. Blige earned two nominations—for her song “Mighty River” and her supporting-actress performance in Mudbound.  Virgil Williams (alongside Rees) was nominated for their adapted screenplay, and Rachel Morrison was cited for cinematography, making her the first female cinematographer in history to land a nomination. The historical drama has now earned the same number of nominations as Call Me by Your Name and Get Out, though each of those films landed best-picture noms as well.

Surprisingly, Rees was not nominated for Best Director for what is her fourth feature. In total, Netflix had its best Oscar contenders results ever with eight nominations.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, the 90th Academy Awards will be given out on March 4.



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