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Queer filmmaker Dee Rees just made history with the Oscar nominations

Queer filmmaker Dee Rees just made history with the Oscar nominations

Dee Rees earned an Oscar nomination for her movie Mudbound

This year’s Oscar nominations came out this morning.

Call Me By Your Name earned four nominations and there were other pleasant surprises. Namely, the nominations for Jordan Peele and his film Get Out, as well as Greta Gerwig for directing Lady Bird.

Rachel Morrison also made history as the first woman nominated for Cinematography for her work in the Netflix film Mudbound.

However, this isn’t the only win for the movie.

The film’s director and co-writer, Dee Rees, earned a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. As a queer woman of color, her nomination is praiseworthy. She is also the first black woman ever nominated in this category.

Set in the rural American South during the time of World War II, Mudbound tells the story of two families — one white, one black — living side-by-side. It explores themes of PTSD, racism, poverty, and beyond. Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks, and Rob Morgan star in the film.

The film has an impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and Rees has been lauded for her direction and writing.

Mulligan said Rees would have been nominated for director if she were a white man.

The Oscars take place on 4 March at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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