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Seven NYUers Earn Oscar Nominations—With Two Making History


Rachel Morrison (’00) Is the First Woman to be Nominated for Best Cinematography, and Dee Rees (’07) Is the First African-American Woman to be Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Seven NYUers Earn Oscar Nominations—With Two Making History
Seven members of the NYU community – five alumni and two current students – were among the nominees when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on January 23. ©A.M.P.A.S. All rights reserved.

Seven members of the NYU community – five alumni and two current students– were among the nominees when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on January 23, 2018.

Two NYU Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) alumni made history with their nominations. Rachel Morrison (’00) is the first woman ever to be nominated for Best Cinematography for her work on Mudbound. The film’s director, Dee Rees (’07), also made history as the first African-American woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Kevin Wilson, Jr., an MFA candidate in Tisch’s Graduate Film program, earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Live-Action Short. Wilson wrote, produced, and directed his nominated film, My Nephew Emmett, as part of his “second year film” project.

Tisch alumni Lisa Bruce (’91) and Douglas Urbanski (’79) were nominated for Best Picture for producing Darkest Hour. This is Bruce’s second Oscar nomination and Urbanski’s first.

Tisch alum Mark Bridges (’81) earned his third Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design for his work on the film Phantom Thread. He previously won in 2011 for Best Costume Design for his work in The Artist.

Timothée Chalamet, who is currently a student at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, was nominated for his performance in Call Me by Your Name. Chalamet has a shot at making history. He’s currently the third youngest to ever be nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but if he wins, Chalamet would be the youngest person to win in that category.

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET. 

Below is the full list of NYU-related Oscar nominees:

Best Picture
Darkest Hour
Lisa Bruce (TSOA '91), Producer
Douglas Urbanski (TSOA '79), Producer

Actor in a Leading Role
Call Me by Your Name
Timothée Chalamet (GAL), Actor

Costume Design
Phantom Thread
Mark Bridges (TSOA '87), Costume Designer

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Mudbound
Dee Rees (TSOA '07), Director and Screenwriter

Cinematography
Mudbound
Rachel Morrison (TSOA '00), Cinematographer

Short Film (Live Action)
My Nephew Emmett
Kevin Wilson, Jr. (TSOA), Director and Screenwriter