These actors, filmmakers and creators could make history at the 2018 Oscars

Feb. 9, 2018

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The 2018 Academy Awards are right around the corner — and some nominees could make history if they win on Oscars night.

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Here are the directors, actors and other moviemaking professionals to watch at this year’s Oscars.

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Dee Rees, Mudbound

Rees, who directed the Netflix movie Mudbound, is already the first black woman in history to be nominated for best adapted screenplay.

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If Rees, who is nominated along with Virgil Williams, wins in March, she’ll be the first black woman to win in her category.

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Jordan Peele, Get Out

Peele is only the fifth black director in history nominated for the best director Oscar.

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If he wins, he would be the first black director in history to take home the award.

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Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Gerwig is also nominated for best director — a category which only one woman, Kathryn Bigelow, has ever won.

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If she wins on Oscars night, Gerwig would become only the second woman ever to win the Oscar for best director.

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Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

At 22, Chalamet is poised to become the youngest best actor winner in history, if he wins in March.

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Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

And Plummer, at 88, would be the oldest best supporting actor winner in history if he wins in his category.

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Rachel Morrison, Mudbound

Morrison has already made history as the first woman ever nominated for best cinematography, and now she could be the first woman ever to win in the category.

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Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick

Nanjiani co-wrote The Big Sick with his partner and wife, Emily V. Gordon. Now the pair are nominated for best original screenplay.

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If Nanjiani wins, he’ll make history as the first Asian-American screenwriter to win the Oscar for best original screenplay.

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Agnès Varda, Faces Places

Varda, nominated for best documentary feature, is the oldest Oscar nominee in history at 89. If she wins, she would be the oldest winner ever.

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When asked about that honor in an interview with Vulture, Varda responded, “I’m just saying, I’m not dead yet.”

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