The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards are in and Black Hollywood showed up and showed out for the film world’s biggest honors.
Jordan Peele is the fifth African American to be nominated for Best Director for his groundbreaking film, Get Out. The movie is nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya).
Peele’s nominations make him the third person and first Africa American to be nominated for writing, directing and producing in the same year.
Jordan Peele took to social media to share his excitement.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 23, 2018
The usually outspoken, Chrissy Teigen is holding her tongue at the request of her hubby, John Legend, but we know who she’s rooting for.
John said I can’t talk shit about any nominated movies so I will simply say Get Out and I,Tonya should win everything also one of the highly nominated movies sucks
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 23, 2018
Jada Pinkett-Smith sent a shout out to Jordan Peele as well.
JORDAN PEELE! Congrats!#GetOut
— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) January 23, 2018
#OscarsSoWhite founder, April Reign, also weighed in on Peele’s nomination and gave herself a well-deserved pat on the back for launching the hashtag that’s changed an industry.
The nomination is attributable to Jordan's fantastic work as writer and director. The fact that people were watching & talking about it more than they may have been otherwise MAY be attributable to people being more open-minded due to #OscarsSoWhite #OscarNoms #Oscars https://t.co/I1GBuCYDeE
— April (@ReignOfApril) January 23, 2018
Another big showing came from Mudbound. Although Dee Rees was left out of the Best Director category, her film still made history in more ways than one. Mudbound is up for Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay. If she wins for Best Adapted Screenplay, Dee Rees will be the first black woman to win an Oscar for writing.
Mary J. Blige picked up two noms–one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for Best Original Song for “Mighty River” and her fans are in a frenzy over the double honor.
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Blige was moved to tears by the nomination news.
“I just can’t stop crying,” she told USA Today.
“My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming. And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”
MJB’s nomination marks the first time an actor’s performance has been nominated for a film directed by a black woman. This is also the first time anyone has been Oscar-nominated for acting and singing in a film. She’s also the sixth African American female recording artist to be nominated for an Oscar, joining the likes of Ethel Waters, Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson.
In what has to be one of her toughest years personally, Mary J. Blige gets not one but TWO Oscar nominations. And she said she pulled from her personal pain in her role in "Mudbound." LOOK AT GAWD! Telling her that what is meant for her fall will end up in her victory. 🙏🏾
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) January 23, 2018
Until today, no actor had been Oscar-nominated for a film directed by a woman of color. Mary J. Blige, nominated for the Dee Rees-directed MUDBOUND, is now the first.
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 23, 2018
It’s also the first time a woman has been nominated for Best Cinematography.
Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to request a check mark for Rachel Morrison, the first female cinematographer to be nominated for Best Cinematography for her work on Mudbound.
Dear @Twitter, Can you please verify @morrisondp? She was already an outstanding cinematographer of many gems. Now she’s an icon – and that blue symbol can be like a box checked for history. Which she just made. Whaddayasay? A. pic.twitter.com/1asuDPmcFO
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 23, 2018
Kobe Bryant seemed to be blown away by his nomination for Best Animated Short for his film, Dear Basketball.
What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It's an honor to be on this team. #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/M2joyk9D1V
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 23, 2018
Tiffany Haddish announced the list as only she could–flubbing a few of the tough-to-pronounce names of the nominees, even though she was left out of the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Girl’s Trip.
“Daniel Kool-yay… Kal-a-loo… Kall-elujah… Daniel Kall-elujah… — You know it, he know his name!” she said.
Plenty of people took to social media to highlight how many black folks are up for awards this year with the hashtag #OscarsSoBlack.
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