Oscar race shapes up for best director, cinematography nominees

December 5, 2014 1:06 PM

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Since the film academy began handing out the best director Oscar in 1929, you can count the number of women who have been nominated on one hand - Lina Wertmuller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow, who took the prize for "The Hurt Locker" in 2009. This year, voters have the opportunity to make history, possibly rewarding two women - Angelina Jolie ("Unbroken") and Ava DuVernay ("Selma") - with nominations for historical dramas possessing deep feeling and admirable craft. If nominated, DuVernay would become the first black woman so honored in Oscar history.

Prime contenders: Clint Eastwood, "American Sniper"; Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game"; James Marsh, "The Theory of Everything"; Christopher Nolan, "Interstellar"; Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"

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