One woman is poised to become the first to win for best cinematography, while others are up for their second win for directing.
Here are five history-making women to cheer for at the 90th Annual Academy Awards.
1. Rachel Morrison, Cinematography
Morrison is the first woman ever to be nominated in the best cinematography category for her work on Netflix’s “Mudbound”. Not only that, she’s the first woman to ever film a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Morrison was the cinematographer for the box-office hit “Black Panther”.
2. Greta Gerwig, Directing and Original Screenplay
Gerwig is the only woman nominated for best director and the only solo woman to be nominated for best original screenplay for her film “Lady Bird.” If Gerwig takes home the coveted statue, she’ll be only the second woman to do so in Academy Awards history. The only other woman to win an Oscar in this category is Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”.
3. Mary J. Blige, Supporting Actress and Music (Original Song)
This music legend is the first person in Oscars history to ever be nominated for both acting and music in the same year – and also for the same film. Blige starred in “Mudbound” and also wrote the film’s nominated song “Mighty River”. If she wins, Blige will be the eighth woman of colour to nab Best Supporting Actress in Oscar history.
4. Ildiko Enyedi, Foreign Language Film
This Hungarian filmmaker is the only woman to be nominated in her category. If her film “On Body and Soul” wins the Academy Award, Enyedi will become the fourth woman to do so. Some previous winners of this award are the Netherland’s Marleen Gorris, Germany’s Caroline Link and Denmark’s Susanne Bier.
5. Tatiana S. Riegel, Film Editing
If you didn’t already know, Riegel is the master editor of the film “I, Tonya.” She is also the only woman nominated in this category.