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It’s an old story: even as the entertainment industry continues to talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion behind the camera, female filmmakers remain routinely shut out of some of the year’s most high-powered awards. This year, the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Directors Guild Awards, and the BAFTAs all failed to nominate a single female director in their Best Director categories (the Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and the BAFTAs didn’t even nominate a female-directed film in their various Best Picture categories, though Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” got a nod from the BAFTAs in its Outstanding British Film category).
As predictors of imminent Oscar nominations and a visible gauge of what work is getting affection from voters, the lack of attention paid to these films and creators provides insight into the way the rest of the race is likely to play out. As ever, plenty of films that should be contenders simply won’t be, and that’s a damn shame.
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2018 played home to a number of worthy films directed by women, including buzzy offerings from Debra Granik, Tamara Jenkins, and Ramsay, who all recently earned Best Director nods from the Indie Spirit Awards. Other directors and their films have picked up some love on the awards trail, including Chloe Zhao and her “The Rider” (which recently won Best Picture from both the Gothams and the National Society of Film Critics), Marielle Heller’s worth-the-wait second film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” and more.
The limp excuse that there just aren’t enough good films made by women to crack the upper echelons of awards contention hasn’t held water for a long time, but this past year beat it into oblivion, with some of our very best directors making their best films yet. Here are seven of them.
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