Meet Joi McMillon, the first ever black woman nominated for Film Editing (Moonlight) at the 89th Academy Awards.
McMillon told The Huffington Post that she understands the milestone comes with a responsibility to cultivate and inspire future film editors of color.
“I know whenever this situation happens, whether you want it or not, a lot of times you are the first and you become a role model to the next generation,” she said. “And for me, I don’t take that responsibility lightly.”
“I hope that in becoming the first African-American woman to get nominated in the Editing category, I hope it exposes a younger generation to what an editor actually does, and they’ll garner some interests and maybe wanna know ‘What does an editor do?’ and ‘Maybe, I can be an editor.’ So I think it’s really cool, and it feels a little surreal, but it’s definitely a really cool place to be.” – The Huffington Post
#OscarSoWhite does not hold true this 2017. The list of this year’s Academy Awards nominees, which was announced Tuesday, is diverse and unprecedented. In fact, this Oscar season is record-breaking for black cinema. What’s more? Many of the films nominated show America how multi-faceted the black experience is, and this includes Moonlight.