Congrats HU Alum! ‘Arrival’s’ Bradford Young Makes History With Oscar Nomination

We think congratulations are in order for cinematographer Bradford Young, who earned his first Oscar nomination for his work on “Arrival,” making Young the first black American cinematographer to be nominated in the category.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Young is nominated alongside Linus Sandgren for La La Land, Greig Fraser for Lion, James Laxton for Moonlight and Rodrigo Prieto for Silence. 

Young attended historically black Howard University in the nation’s capital, where he studied filmmaking and worked under renowned Ethiopian émigré Haile Gerima (Sankofa).

Young won the dramatic-feature cinematography award for his work on the films “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “Mother of George” at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 — his second time accepting the honor, having won in 2011 for the coming-of-age drama “Pariah.”

Congrats to Bradford Young on his Oscar nomination!