Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Carolyn Giardina on January 24, 2017.
Tuesday morning’s Oscar nomination for Moonlight editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders was a first for both editors — and it makes McMillon the first black woman to earn an Oscar nomination in film editing.
The pair are nominated along with Joe Walker for Arrival, Tom Cross for La La Land, John Gilbert for Hacksaw Ridge and Jake Roberts for Hell or High Water. Cross won an Oscar two years ago for La La Land director Damien Chazell’s Whiplash. Walker has one prior nomination, for 12 Years a Slave; and Gilbert has one prior, for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s the first nomination for Roberts.
McMillon and Sanders were students with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins at Florida State’s film school, and had stayed in touch. Jenkins involved several of his former fellow students in the film, also including Oscar-nominated cinematographer James Laxton.