Every Year a Female Director Gets Overlooked, and Every Year I Hear the Same, Pathetic Excuse…

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Every year a female director gets overlooked, and every year I hear the same, pathetic excuse ... 'there were more deserving nominees who were men.'

I’m pissed.

Every year a female director gets overlooked, and every year I hear the same, pathetic excuse … ‘there were more deserving nominees who just happen to be men.’

Only five women have ever been nominated for a ‘Best Director’ Oscar in the history of the Academy Awards – five women. And only one has won, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. The first female director wasn’t even nominated until 1976…

  • 1976 – Lina Wertmüller – “Seven Beauties”
  • 1993 – Jane Campion – “The Piano”
  • 2003 – Sofia Coppola – “Lost in Translation”
  • 2009 – Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”
  • 2017 – Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird”

 

Every year a female director gets overlooked, and every year I hear the same, pathetic excuse ... 'there were more deserving nominees who were men.'

 

This is the 92nd Academy Awards. If there has always been five nominees, that means out of 460 ‘Best Director’ nominees, only five have gone to women. And only one winner out of ninety-two winners.

You will never be able to convince me (never, ever, ever) that there isn’t institutional sexism at play here. Even if a portion of it is implicit bias, there is structural inequality at play and by not awarding more nominations to women and people of color – the voting block continues to tilt toward caucasian males (nominations is one of two ways to become a voting member of the academy).

Being an ‘Oscar-nominated’ … is a big thing for those in the industry – it opens doors, it establishes respect and credibility … and we’re denying it to many women and people of color!

 

 

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