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Golden Globes Preview: Female-directed features snubbed

Golden Globes Preview: Female-directed features snubbed

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has once again neglected to acknowledge female filmmakers in its pool of Golden Globe nominees.

For the fourth year in a row, no women are nominated for best director. Only five women have ever been nominated in this category, and Barbra Streisand is the only winner (for Yentl in 1984).

“That was 34 years ago,” Streisand said while presenting an award at last year’s ceremony. “We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women."

Barbra Streisand is the only woman to win Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards. Kathryn Bigelow, Ava DuVernay, Sofia Coppola and Jane Campion are the only other women nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 76 years.

The HFPA failed to heed Streisand’s word this year, as no female-directed features are even nominated for Best Motion Picture. All five films nominated for Best Drama are written and directed by men, and only two films in the Best Comedy or Musical category are co-written by women (Crazy Rich Asians and The Favourite).

The Favourite co-writer Deborah Davis is the only woman nominated for Best Screenplay, of eight screenwriters in the category. Ralph Breaks the Internet is the only acknowledged animated feature written by a woman, and Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum is the only female-directed feature nominated for in the foreign language category.

Even the acting categories are somewhat skewed - only three nominated actors are recognized for their work in a female-directed film. Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy are nominated for Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Nicole Kidman is recognized for Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer.

Television categories are a slight improvement for women, with several nominations for female-led and female-directed series like Emmy winners The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Handmaid’s Tale. Dirty John, Glow, The Good Place, Killing Eve, Sharp Objects and The Tale are also nominated, all of which feature episodes written and directed by women.

The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, January 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

© Georgiana E. Presecky (1/2/18) FF2 Media

Photos Courtesy of Variety and E! Online

Featured photo: Greta Gerwig accepting the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for Lady Bird in 2018.

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