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American Society of Cinematographers names its first-ever female film nominee

That’s Morrison in the baseball cap. (Photo: Netflix)
That’s Morrison in the baseball cap. (Photo: Netflix)

Dee Rees’ poetic, brutal historical drama Mudbound has been curiously absent from much of the awards-season conversation, at least partially because it’s a richly shot work full of “throwback widescreen grandeur”—in the words of our own A.A. Dowd—that barely played in theaters at all. (Ah, Netflix.) But the American Society of Cinematographers is taking notice of it, nominating Mudbound for its Best Theatrical Release award alongside Blade Runner 2049, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, and The Shape Of Water.


That’s significant, not only for Netflix but for Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who is the first woman to be nominated for a theatrical ASC award—television, as usual, was ahead of the curve here—in the awards’ 32-year existence. Cinematography is an especially male-dominated specialty in the already male-dominated film world; a woman has never been nominated for a Best Cinematography Oscar, and only 7 percent of ASC membership was made up of women as of 2017. (That’s up from 3 percent in 2015.) Morrison, a longtime collaborator of Ryan Coogler’s whose work on Black Panther made her the first female DP on a Marvel movie, is hopefully poised to change that.

A full list of ASC Awards nominees is below, via Variety.

Theatrical Release

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, Blade Runner 2049
Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC, Darkest Hour
Hoyte van Hoytema, ASC, FSF, NSC, Dunkirk
Dan Laustsen, DFF, The Shape Of Water
Rachel Morrison, ASC, Mudbound


Spotlight Award

Máté Herbai, HSC, On Body And Soul
Mikhail Krichman, RGC, Loveless
Mart Taniel, November


Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television

Gonzalo Amat, The Man In The High Castle (“Land O’ Smiles”)
Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC, The Crown (“Smoke and Mirrors”)
Robert McLachlan, ASC, CSC Game Of Thrones (“The Spoils of War”)
Gregory Middleton, ASC, CSC Game Of Thrones (“Dragonstone”)
Alasdair Walker, Outlander (“The Battle Joined”)


Episode of a Series for Commercial Television
Dana Gonzales, ASC, Legion (“Chapter 1”)
David Greene, ASC, CSC, 12 Monkeys (“Mother”)
Kurt Jones, The Originals (“Bag of Cobras”)
Boris Mojsovski, CSC, 12 Monkeys (“Thief”)
Crescenzo Notarile, ASC, Gotham (“The Executioner”)

Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television

Pepe Avila del Pino, The Deuce (Pilot)
Serge Desrosiers, CSC, Sometimes The Good Kill
Mathias Herndl, AAC, Genius (“Chapter 1”)
Shelly Johnson, ASC, Training Day (Pilot – “Apocalypse Now”)
Christopher Probst, ASC, Mindhunter (Pilot)


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