Rachel Morrison, “Mudbound” cinematographer: She is now the first female cinematographer to be nominated for an Oscar. To film “Mudbound,” Dee Rees’s World War II-era epic set in the Deep South, Ms. Morrison drew heavily from the W.P.A. photography of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. She also filmed Ryan Coogler’s 2013 breakout movie, “Fruitvale Station,” as well as his much-anticipated superhero picture “Black Panther.”
“Wonder Woman”: Always a long shot despite its enormous commercial appeal, “Wonder Woman” still had a marvelous run, appearing on various Top 10 lists at the end of the year, getting nominated by the Producers Guild, and showing Hollywood honchos that an action movie about a woman (Gal Gadot) directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins) could make serious bank. But the film lacked real awards prospects in two key categories — acting and directing — which winnowed down its best-picture chances considerably.