Every time a movie award nominations list rolls around, people have opinions of who was snubbed and who deserved a place on the nominations list. Sometimes they’re personal views, and sometimes they’re calling out the gaping holes in a nominations list. Exhibit A: The Golden Globes nominations for best director doesn’t have a single woman on it.
The best director nominations list looks like this.
Martin Scorsese for The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Bong Joon-Ho for Parasite
Sam Mendes for 1917
Todd Phillips for Joker
Greta Gerwig seems to be the most glaringly obvious omission. She directed Little Women, which has managed a very impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%.
Lulu Wang’s The Farewell was also incredibly well received, and for her role in it Awkwafina got a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) were also overlooked.
Of course those aren’t the only women who directed brilliant films this year, but they seem to be the names coming up most often. If those women didn’t make it on to a list that reckons Joker deserves a Golden Globe for best director, then we have a problem.
You’ll be absolutely shocked to know that the dude in charge of all the other dudes that choose who gets a nomination sees no problem with anything. Lorenzo Soria is the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and has said that “What happened is that we don’t vote by gender, we vote by film and accomplishment.”
The last time a woman was nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes was 2015, when Ava DuVernay was nominated for her film Selma. She didn’t win. Other than DuVernay, only four other women have ever been nominated in the category.
So remember ladies, when making global hit movies, I guess we just need to be more accomplished!
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