The nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were released this morning to immediate and varied reactions (The Boss Baby?! No Martin McDonagh?! Woo Get Out!). Several nominations this year have made history in one way or another. But should we be celebrating the breaking of barriers that should have been felled a long time ago? Are these record-setting nominations something to celebrate, or are they just a stark reminder that it's 2018 and we still have a long way to go?
Jordan Peele has broken all sorts of records with his nominations for Get Out.
Let’s just take a second to appreciate that a horror movie has been recognized like this. OK, moving on. Peele is only the third person ever to be nominated for director, writing, and best picture for his first feature film.
That’s already quite a feat.
But it's even more extraordinary when you consider that he is one of the only black directors ever to be nominated in the history of the Oscars.
Five. There have been just five black directors nominated for the award in the 90 years of the show, and zero have won.
While it’s about damn time and Jordan Peele is super deserving of the honor, why is this still a streak that has to be broken?
In similar news, Rachel Morrison became the first woman ever to be nominated for cinematography.
You heard that right. The first woman ever in Oscar history to be up for the cinematography award. It’s 2018. This should make you proud and furious at the same time.
Greta Gerwig is just the fifth woman ever to be nominated for the Oscar for best director.
Do you know how many nominees for best director there have been in the history of the Oscars? So many, is the answer.
Only one woman has ever won the award — Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, and with those stats, her win was an incredible victory.
In other record-breaking news, Meryl Streep topped her own record with her 21t acting nomination for The Post.
Sure, Meryl Streep is a great actress. But can’t you just visualize the disparity between the number of nominations she’s received and the number of female directors and black directors and female cinematographers there have been in the entire history of the award show?
Streep keeps racking them up, meanwhile…