Dee Rees continues to break barriers
On Tuesday morning, writer and director Dee Rees made history. Rees, who wrote and directed Netflix’s 2017 movie Mudbound, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. (Rees wrote the screenplay with collaborator Virgil Williams.)
Rees is the first African American woman to be nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.
The only time a black woman has been nominated for a best writing Oscar was in 1972 when Suzanne de Passe received an Oscar nomination for her work on Lady Sings The Blues.
Although Reese was able to nab a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, she did not receive a Best Director nomination for the movie. Altogether, Mudbound received four Oscar nominations, including two for Mary J. Blige in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song categories. The other nomination was for Best Cinematographer, which was received by Rachel Morrison. Morrison is the first woman to ever receive a Best Cinematographer nomination.
Will history be made again on March 4th?