A Few Oscar Firsts for Black Hollywood
Congrats to the few and powerful.
Although it's still not enough, there are a few nods to some of our greats.
Dee Rees, the director and writer of "Mudbound," is the first black woman nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, with her adaption of "Mudbound" from Hillary Jordan's novel of the same name. Rees joins Suzanne de Passe, one of the screenwriters behind 1972's Lady Sings the Blues, as only the second black woman to be nominated for screenwriting. She is also the first queer black woman to be nominated for a writing award.
"Get Out" performed extraordinarily well in the 2018 Oscar noms, making the quadruple-threat Jordan Peele the first black person to ever be nominated for directing, writing, and producing in the same year. The writer-director-producer-actor is only the third person to pull this off on their first feature as a director.
Peele is only the fifth black person to be nominated for Best Director, joining John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen, and Barry Jenkins on that too-short list. (No black woman has ever been nominated.) If he wins, he will be the first black director in history to win the award.
Double Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige was recognized both for her contributions to "Mudbound," nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song.
Octavia Spencer has extra reason to celebrate. Not only did the "Shape of Water" star receive her third Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actress, but she's now the first black actress to earn multiple nominations after winning.