Dee Rees Becomes First Black Woman Oscar-nominated for Adapted Screenplay with ‘Mudbound’

(Director Dee Rees)

Though she wasn’t able to break into the highly competitive directing category, Dee Rees still managed to make history Tuesday.

Rees, who directed Netflix’s “Mudbound,” earned an Oscar nomination for her work adapting the film’s script alongside Virgil Williams. That makes Rees the first black woman to be nominated in for adapted screenplay category.

Suzanne de Passe was the first black woman nominated for an original screenplay Oscar in 1973, for co-writing “Lady Sings the Blues.”

“Mudbound” earned three other Oscar nominations Tuesday, for supporting actress Mary J. Blige, cinematographer Rachel Morrison and original song “Mighty River.”

(Article written by Libby Hill)