More Female Directors Were Worthy of a Best Director Nod Than Ever, But Got Shut Out of the Oscars

/Film | 1/22/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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You can count on one hand the number of female directors who have been nominated for a Best Director Oscar in the award’s 90-year history. You can count on one finger the number of female directors who have won the Best Director prize. But despite their meager showing at awards ceremonies, female directors are thriving in the independent and film festival circuit, with films like Lynne Ramsay‘s lean thriller You Were Never Really Here winning the Cannes screenplay prize or Debra Granik‘s quietly devastating survival drama Leave No Trace earning raves at Sundance. Marielle Heller helmed the Telluride Film Festival darling Can You Ever Forgive Me, which earned a whopping three Oscar nominations for acting and screenplay.

But despite the inroads female filmmakers have made, the Best Director category found itself reverting back to the all-male status quo once again.

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Since the Oscars held its first ceremony in 1929, only five female directors have earned a Best Director nod: Lina Wertmüller for 1976 for Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for 1993 for The Piano, Sofia Coppola for 2003 for Lost in Translation, Kathryn Bigelow, who in 2009 won for The Hurt Locker, and finally Greta Gerwig last year for Lady Bird.

It feels extra insulting on the heels of Greta Gerwig’s Best Director nod last year that female directors are doing more visibly acclaimed work than ever and getting shut out at the Oscars. At least seven women helmed critical and awards circuit darlings that should have made them eligible for the Best Director nomination — some of which had received Oscar nods in other categories.

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