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Milestones of the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominations

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 23, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 23, 2018 |


This morning saw the announcement of the nominees for the 90th Academy Award Ceremony. There were several milestones in the nominations, which means we could also see some firsts when the Oscars are handed out on March 4th.

Meryl Streep has been nominated for a record 21 Oscars. The previous holder of that record? Meryl Streep.

Dee Rees was not nominated for her work as director of Mudbound, but she is the first black woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Mudbound also boasts the first female nominee for Best Cinematography, Rachel Morrison.

Mary J. Blige is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Mudbound AND Best Original Song for “Mighty River.” I think this is another first, kids.

Greta Gerwig is only the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director. In 90 years. She joins Kathryn Bigelow, the only woman to win the category, Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, and Sofia Coppola in the unfortunately elite group of nominated women directors. Perhaps one year a woman of color will join their group.

Jordan Peele is the fifth black man nominated for Best Director. He is the first black director to receive three nominations: Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay.

Best Documentary Feature nominee Strong Island has earned Yance Ford the distinction of being the first trans man to earn an Oscar nomination.

Kobe Bryant was nominated for Best Animated Short. I can’t find any other basketball players that have had the honor of being recognized for writing and narrating an animated short with an Oscar nomination.

John Williams garnered his 51st nomination for Best Original Score of The Last Jedi. Williams has the most Oscar nominations of any living person and is only surpassed by the cryogenically frozen head of Walt Disney, who is deceased.

Did I miss any milestones? Any other firsts?

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.