Historical 90th Annual Oscar Nominees Are Here (and Queer!)
Monumental triumphs happened this week with the announcement of all the incredible nominee’s for the 90th Annual Oscars. Three members of the LGBTQ community are marked as firsts as they earned nominations in three different categories for one of the most prestigious film award ceremonies.
Yance Ford blazed trails by becoming the first African American transgender man to receive a nomination for Best Director for his documentary Strong Island. The documentary is the intimate story of how his family coped following the murder of his own brother, and explores the systemic racism Black victims face. Ford has been making a buzz and climbing up the film hierarchy by taking home The Special Jury Prize for Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, also for Best Documentary at the Black Film Critics Circle Awards and the Gotham Awards.
Rachel Morrison also broke the glass ceiling by becoming the FIRST female to receive an Oscar nomination for Cinematography in the film Mudbound. The film depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in very different ways. Morrison is also an out and proud lesbian who is married, with a toddler. Morrison’s eye has created imagery on reputable movies such as Fruitvale Station, Dope, Confirmation, and in February 2018 the highly anticipated Black Panther.
Last but certainly not least, Dee Reese became the first African American woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Mudbound. Reese wrote the screenplay adapted from the novel “Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan. Reese, like her colleagues, is no novice to the film game. She has been a Screen writer, Director, and Producer of several tv shows, movies, and mini-series and is very decorated. She is best known for her directorial work in Bessie and the short film Pariah, which follows a 17 year old African American girl who is embracing her identity as a lesbian. She has been nominated for 18 awards for her work on Mudbound alone, and although several are pending she has already won the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival, The Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Women’s Film Critic Awards for Best Woman Storyteller. Reese herself is an out lesbian who has been dating Writer, Sarah Bloom for several years.
The 90th Annual Oscars will air Sunday March 4th at 5 PST. Will you be watching?