Joi McMillon

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Joi McMillon
United States
OccupationFilm editor
Years active2003–present

Joi McMillon is an American film editor, known for her work on the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight (2016), for which she won several accolades.


McMillon initially planned to be a journalist, but a high school field trip to Universal Studios introduced her to the craft of editing and inspired her to apply to film school.[1] She attended Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, graduating in 2003.[2]

In 2017, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing (shared with Nat Sanders) at the 89th Academy Awards. McMillon is the first black woman to be nominated for an Oscar for film editing.[3][4][5] Barry Jenkins said of her nomination in 2017: “I respect her work. It makes me very proud of the work she did to see that I'm not the only one. Clearly all these folks in the academy respected the work she did as well.”[6] McMillon also won (with Nat Sanders) Best Film Editing for her work on Moonlight at the 2017 Spirit Awards.[7]



  • Zola (2019)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
  • Hum (Short) (2017)
  • Lemon (2017)
  • Moonlight (2016)
  • Man Rots from the Head (Short, 2016)
  • Girls (TV Series) (1 episode, 2016)
  • Anne & Jake (TV Series) (7 episodes, 2015)
  • SMILF (Short, 2015)
  • Off-Season (Short, 2013)
  • The Radio Gamers (Short, 2013)
  • The Other Side of Silence (Documentary, 2012)
  • Chlorophyl (Short, 2011)
  • Shoot the Moon (Short, 2009)
  • Shades of Gray (Short, 2009)
  • Blue Boy (Short, 2009)

Editorial department[edit]

Other credits[edit]


Year Award Category Nominated work Recipients Result
2016 Academy Awards Best Film Editing Joi McMillion
(shared with Nat Sanders)
Moonlight Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Editing Nominated
American Cinema Editors Awards Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards Best Editing Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Film Editing 2nd Placed
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Editing Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Editing Won
Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Film Editing Won
London Critics Circle Film Awards Technical Achievement of the Year Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Editing Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Film Editing Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Film Editing Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Editing Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Film Editing Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Editing Nominated
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Editing Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Lenny Interview: Joi McMillon". Lenny Letter. 2017-02-24. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  2. ^ "FSU alumni make history with 8 Oscar nominations for 'Moonlight' - Florida State University News". Florida State University News. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (January 24, 2017). "Oscars: 'Moonlight' Editing Nomination Marks a First". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Aguirre, Abby. "Moonlight's Cinematographer on Filming the Most Exquisite Movie of the Year". Vogue. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Williams, Brennan (January 27, 2017). "Meet Joi McMillon, The First Black Female Oscar Nominee For Film Editing". The Huffington Post.
  6. ^ Anderson, Tre'vell. "Meet 'Moonlight's' Joi McMillon, the first black woman editor to receive an Oscar nomination". Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  7. ^ Sisavat, Monica. "Moonlight Editor Joi McMillon Just Made History at the Spirit Awards". POPSUGAR Celebrity. Retrieved 2017-02-27.

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