Rachel Morrison became the first woman nominated for an Oscar for cinematography, and Dee Rees the first African American woman nominated for best adapted screenplay for the Netflix film “Mudbound’, based on the original novel by Hillary Jordan. Both women are openly lesbians. Rees is in a relationship with writer Sarah M. Broom, Morrison is married to a woman and they bring up a son who is going to turn 3 next month. “Women are so qualified they should just go for it. It’s not just about cinematography, it about believing in yourself and that anything’s possible,” Morrison told The Hollywood Reporter shortly after the nominations were announced. “I believe the job of the cinematographer is to visualize emotion — things we as women are inherently good at.” Mary J. Blige stars in “Mudbound,” and has been nominated for best actress category, and the song “Mighty River” that Blige performed and Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson co-wrote has also been nominated.