Women directors shut out of Golden Globe race

Despite the #MeToo movement and supposed advances for women in the entertainment industry, the 75th Golden Globe Awards nominations halted an otherwise promising awards season for women. Nominations include Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Ridley Scott for All the Money in the World and Steven Spielberg for The Post.

Notable snubs include Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman (the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman), Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (the highest-rated film on Rotten Tomatoes) and Dee Rees for Mudbound (the multiple award-winning film available on Netflix).

So why the snubs for women in film? Because film critics associations continue to have a disproportionate percentage of voices, including Rotten Tomatoes, composed of roughly 83 percent men and only 17 percent women.

Hopefully, the lack of acknowledgement by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is not reflected in the votes of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

© Brigid K. Presecky (12/11/17) FF2 Media

Photos: [Left to right] Greta Gerwig, Dee Rees and Patty Jenkins

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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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