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Transgender director makes Oscar history
2018-01-28

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Yance Ford has become the first transgender director whose work has been nominated for an Oscar.

Ford's movie, Strong Island, has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature. It centers on the death of Ford's brother, William Ford, a high school teacher shot and killed on April 7, 1992.

"The very exciting thing for me when I think about history is that this film is a correction to the historical record of my brother's life," Ford said, according to Entertainment Weekly, "and if this nomination helps to magnify that and if by making history I helped to magnify that, then… it's all good as far as I'm concerned."

In related news, A Fantastic Woman—starring trans actor Daniela Vega—has been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Strong Island is now available to stream on Netflix.

The 90th Academy Awards will take place Sunday, March 4. Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony.

The Entertainment Weekly item is at EW.com/movies/2018/01/23/oscars-yance-ford-trans-director-strong-island/.


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