On Tuesday morning, the list of 2018 Oscar Nominations were announced, and people were pretty excited. This list of nominees is more diverse than it has been in years, and there’s a lot to celebrate. But one of the most exciting categories, without a doubt, is Best Cinematography. And why? Because for the first time in the history of the Oscars, a woman has been nominated.
Everyone knows that the entertainment industry is extremely male-dominated. But did you know that a study conducted in 2013 showed that out of all cinematographers, only 2% were female?
Let that sink in.
This isn’t because there aren’t many female cinematographers out there. No, it’s because people simply aren’t employing them. But things are changing, and Rachel Morrison’s nomination is proof. She was nominated for her work on the film Mudbound, which scored a total of three nominations. This nomination is such a massive sign of change, and gives us hope for the future. And Morrison is honored to be a part of it.
“While it’s hard to believe that this ceiling has taken so long to break, I am absolutely humbled and thrilled to receive this great honor. I hope this nomination serves to encourage more women to throw a camera over their shoulder or to follow their dream no matter how distant it might appear.”
Well said, Rachel. We’ll be rooting for you!
The Oscars Will Air On March 4th, 2018.