FF2 Media applauds AMPAS (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) for inviting inviting 774 new members from 57 countries. The class of 2017 has an increased number of women and POC (People of Color) in its effort to boost diversity in each of its seven branches.
Of the 64 directors invited this year, 17 (roughly 27 percent) are women, a decrease from last year’s invitees (54 percent women). This year’s list includes Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones's Diary), Susanna White (Nanny McPhee Returns), Aida Begic (Snow), Christine Jeffs (Sunshine Cleaning) and Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves).
Backlash from the 2016 Oscar snubs sparked FF2 Media's merit-based Make Oscars Gold campaign, a combination of #OscarsSoWhite (lack of People of Color) and #StopBlueOscar (lack of women). The Challenge? If Oscar wants to be "gold" (meaning merit-based), then everyone must have an equal chance of success.
Given AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ recent inclusion of women filmmakers to the list of Director's Group and Screenwriter's Group members, we have every hope that this year's nominees will be considerably more diverse than in prior years. Click HERE to read FF2 Media’s coverage of the new AMPAS invitees.
List of 17 women directors invited to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017 (with * indicating admission in multiple categories):
Aida Begić * Children of Sarajevo & Snow
Patricia Cardoso Real Women Have Curves & The Water Carrier
Nana Dzhordzhadze 27 Missing Kisses & A Chef in Love
Ildikó Enyedi * Simon Magus & My Twentieth Century
Safi Faye * Mossane & Lettre Paysanne
Jessica Hausner Amour Fou & Lourdes
Joanna Hogg Archipelago & Exhibition
Ann Hui A Simple Life & Summer Snow
Christine Jeffs Sunshine Cleaning & Sylvia
Sharon Maguire Incendiary & Bridget Jones’s Diary
Márta Mészáros * Diary for My Children & Adoption
Jocelyn Moorhouse The Dressmaker & Proof
Kira Muratova The Tuner & The Asthenic Syndrome
Cate Shortland Lore & Somersault
Athina Rachel Tsangari Chevalier & Attenberg
Paula van der Oest Black Butterflies & Zus and Zo
Susanna White Our Kind of Traitor & Nanny McPhee Returns
NOTE THAT WE HAVE PROVIDED LINKS ABOVE TO ALL REVIEWS POSTED ON FF2 MEDIA... HOWEVER SOME OF THESE FILMS ARE OLDER THAN OUR DATABASE... THEREFORE SOME OF US MAY WELL HAVE SEEN MORE OF THEM, BUT WE HAVE NO REVIEW FOR YOU 🙁
NOTE ALSO THAT SOME OF THESE FILMMAKERS -- FOR EXAMPLE, JOANNA HOGG & ANN HUI -- HAVE DIRECTED MORE THAN THE MINIMUM NUMBER (= 2) REQUIRED BY AMPAS. SO THIS SHOULD CERTAINLY NOT BE CONSIDERED AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF FILM CREDITS FOR ANY SPECIFIC FILMMAKER. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON INDIVIDUAL PROFILES, SO PLEASE CONSULT THIS PAGE AGAIN IN FUTURE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
© Jan Lisa Huttner & Brigid Presecky (6/29/17) FF2 Media
Graphic in the featured image created by FF2 Media Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner.
"Make Oscar Gold" graphic by Jan & Sharon Rosenzweig (© 2016)