Oscars Nominate First Female Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison for ‘Mudbound’

Her next project is a little film called “Black Panther”

Last Updated: January 23, 2018 @ 5:29 AM

Rachel Morrison just made Oscar history as the first woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography for her work on director Dee Rees’ period drama “Mudbound.”

She faces off against Roger Deakins for “Blade Runner 2049,” Bruno Delbonnel for “Darkest Hour,” Hoyte van Hoytema for “Dunkirk” and Dan Laustsen for “The Shape of Water.”

Two weeks ago, Morrison became the first female cinematographer nominated in the feature-film category for the 32nd annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards.

The 39-year-old, who joined the ASC just last year, has served as cinematographer on such acclaimed projects as the 2014 Jennifer Aniston vehicle “Cake,” Rick Famuyiwa‘s 2015 Sundance breakout “Dope” and Famuyiwa‘s 2016 HBO movie “Confirmation” starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill.

Morrison recently wrapped her most high-profile project to date, Ryan Coogler’s Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther,” due in theaters next month.

The ASC has nominated women for their work in television, but Morrison was the first to be honored in the theatrical feature category.