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No female directors were nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 77th Golden Globe Awards.
The nominees for best director include Bong Joon-ho for Parasite, Sam Mendes for 1917, Todd Phillips for The Joker, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood.
Lulu Wang for The Farewell, Lorene Scafaria for Hustlers, Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Marielle Heller for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Olivia Wilde for Booksmart were among the female directors that could have been nominated.
Back in 2018, Natalie Portman made headlines when she criticized the lack of female directors nominated for the Golden Globes. While presenting the best director category, the actress went off script and said, “And here are all the male nominees.”
The trend continued in 2019 when no female directors were nominated in the category. Alfonso Cuarón ultimately took home the honor in the all-male category for Roma.
In response to Monday’s nominations, women’s advocacy group Time’s Up said the 2020 list represents an industry-wide crisis where “women — and especially women of color — continue to be pushed to the sidelines.”
Rebecca Goldman, chief operating officer at the Time’s Up Foundation, said in a statement, “Who directs feature films matters. It affects what stories are told — and how — with far-reaching implications for women across the film industry and our broader society. That’s why Time’s Up Entertainment — in partnership with Stacy Smith, Tessa Thompson, and many others — launched the 4 Percent Challenge, asking individuals and companies to commit to a film led by a female director in the next 18 months.”
The statement continues, “This year, there have been twice as many women-led features than ever, with more films by female directors on the way. And yet, as today’s nominations show, women — and especially women of color — continue to be pushed to the sidelines by a system that holds women back, onscreen and off. The omission of women isn’t just a Golden Globes problem. It is an industry-wide crisis, and it’s unacceptable. Time’s Up will continue to fight until talented female directors get the opportunities and recognition they deserve.”
Barbra Streisand remains the only woman to ever win the best director prize. She was the first female director to be nominated and won in 1984 for Yentl, and was again nominated in 1992 for The Prince of Tides.
Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow and Ava DuVernay are the only other female directors to be nominated in the category, with DuVernay’s 2015 nod for Selma being the most recent.
Nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled Monday morning. Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning and Susan Kelechi Watson announced the nominees. HFPA president Lorenzo Soria, Golden Globe Ambassadors Dylan and Paris Brosnan and executive producer and executive vp television at Dick Clark Productions Barry Adelman were also on hand.
The 2020 Golden Globes will take place Jan. 5 at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Ricky Gervais will host the annual awards ceremony, which will air on NBC.
The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.
Dec. 9, 12:20 p.m. This story has been updated to include the Time’s Up statement.
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