Meet The The First Black Woman Ever Nominated For An Editing Oscar Joi McMillon

Joi McMillon, editor on the Oscar-nominated film Moonlight, was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Editing, making her the first black woman ever to receive a nod in the category.  She is nominated for the film alongside her co-editor, Nat Sanders.

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.”

This is McMillon’s break-out film however, we expect to see a lot more of McMillon.


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