Four Women Who Could Make History at the Oscars

Four Women Who Could Make History at the Oscars

By Sanna Sharp

Mar 2, 2018

This could be the year #OscarsSoWhite turns into #OscarsSoFeminist. At the 90th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, there are four women who could make history as the first female to take home the award in their respective categories, joining an impressive group of MAKERS who have won Hollywood's top honor.

Mary J. Blige

Nominated for: Supporting Actress, Original Song, Mudbound

Singer, songwriter, rapper, and producer Mary J. Blige put her quadruple-threat talents to good use in the period-drama Mudbound. She is the first person to be nominated for both her supporting role and original song in any film.

Dee Rees

Nominated for: Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Mudbound

Mudbound director Dee Rees is the first black woman ever to be nominated in the adapted screenplay category and the first queer black woman nominated in any category. Sharing her nomination is Mudbound co-writer Virgil Williams.

Rachel Morrison

Nominated for: Cinematography, Mudbound

Rachel Morrison is the first woman ever nominated in the cinematography category. Morrison is the mastermind behind the sweeping visuals for both Mudbound and the box-office hit Black Panther.

Agnès Varda

Nominated for: Documentary (Feature), Faces Places

Faces Places follows director Agnès Varda and famed French photographer JR around the French countryside as they create portraits of the people that they meet. At 89, Varda is the oldest person ever nominated for an Academy Award in any category.

And since we applaud inclusion on all fronts we also have to give a shout-out to...

Yance Ford

Nominated for: Documentary (Feature), Strong Island

Yance Ford's Strong Island takes an immensely personal look at racism, discrimination, and crime through the lens of his brother's murder. Ford is the first openly transgender director and first transgender man ever nominated for any category.

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