Gerwig, Coppola among few women in Oscar prediction polls

Best Picture

Director Sofia Coppola’s adaptation of The Beguiled and Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut of her original script Lady Bird are among the top picks for Gold Derby’s 2018 Oscar Predictions. The entertainment news website, acquired by the Penske Media Corporation in 2015, released lists of potential Oscar nominees in each category: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay (among others).*

According to the site’s predictions, calculated from “experts” and users, the category with the most female representation is Best Original Screenplay (made up of 40 percent women). Yet, aside from Gerwig, each woman is credited as a co-writer with a male writing partner: The Shape of Water (co-writer Vanessa Taylor) The Post (co-writer Liz Hannah) and The Big Sick (co-writer Emily V. Gordon).

Best Director

Best Adapted Screenplay, too, predicts only 20 percent of women writers this year with Mudbound (co-writer Dee Rees) and The Beguiled (writer Coppola). But Coppola and Gerwig are presumably this year’s one-two punch as the predicted nominees for Best Director – the latest female nominee since 2010 when Kathryn Bigelow was the first and only female winner in the category for The Hurt Locker.

Best Original Screenplay

Prior to Bigelow’s win, only four women have been nominated for Best Director since the Academy Awards began in 1929: Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano) and Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation). According to The Hollywood Reporter report in 2017, it makes the ratio of female to male winners 1 to 88.

From the day a film premieres at a festival to the night of the Academy Awards, it endures a large sieve of male critiques, starting with film associations and working its way through box office turnout and award show campaigns. If Gold Derby can predict anything, it’s that the percentage of women in the Oscar race remains stagnant.

Best Adapted Screenplay

*Percentages calculated based on top 10 films.

© Brigid K. Presecky (10/10/17) FF2 Media

Photo: Writer-director Greta Gerwig, right, with actress Saoirse Ronan on the set of the coming-of-age film Lady Bird.

Photo Credit: Merie Wallace / A24

Graphics: Gold Derby


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Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.
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