FD News: Morrison makes Oscar history; Disney offers cash bonuses; SAG ratings drop
Morrison makes history as first female cinematographer nominated for an Oscar
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison has made history, having become the first female to be nominated for an Oscar award within the category. The nomination is to honor her work on Netflix’s period-drama Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan & Mary J. Blige.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Morrison chimed in on the inclusivity focus of this year’s awards season: “Women are so qualified they should just go for it. It’s not just about cinematography, it’s about believing in yourself and that anything’s possible. I believe the job of the cinematographer is to visualize emotion — things we as women are inherently good at.”
Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony pulls in a measly 2.6 million viewers
The ratings for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been revealed, and let’s just say; they’re looking a little short. Even taking Fox’s NFC Championship Game into consideration, after several years without competition, the drop is still hefty.
The simulcast on TNT and TBS averaged 2.8 million viewers – a drop of more than thirty percent from last year’s 3.9 million. However, the viewing figures are still up from two years ago when the ceremony aired on a football-free Saturday and brought in 2.6 million viewers. Every cloud . . .
Disney to hand out cash bonuses to employees following tax reform
The Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to hand out $1,000 bonuses to more than 125,000 employees and invest $50 million into a higher education plan to assist its workforce with tuition fees. The entertainment giant is the latest company to offer money to employees in the wake of the December passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Disney chairman and chief executive Bob Iger said in a statement: “I have always believed that education is the key to opportunity; it opens doors and creates new possibilities. Matched with the $1,000 cash bonus, these initiatives will have both an immediate and long-term positive impact.