‘Black Panther’ cinematographer Rachel Morrison makes Oscar history with ‘Mudbound’

“Black Panther” cinematographer Rachel Morrison is in the record books for her historic “Mudbound” Oscar nomination.


Morrison, 39, is the first female cinematographer nominated for an Oscar. She also identifies as lesbian, making two historic firsts.

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Morrison’s work on Marvel’s “Black Panther” also has been recognized.  Indiewire said Morrison shot the “most significant movie since ‘Iron Man’.”

“Black Panther is Morrison’s second collaboration with director Ryan Coogler after 2013’s “Fruitvale Station.”


Morrison’s Oscar nomination also sheds a light on the inequalities in Hollywood. In 2016, women accounted for just 5 percent of the cinematographers on the top 250 domestic-grossing films that year.

“Women are so qualified they should just go for it. It’s not just about cinematography, it about believing in yourself and that anything’s possible,” Morrison told The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday morning after the nominations were announced.

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, on the set of “Mudbound,” is the first female director of photography to be Oscar nominated.
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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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