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With Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell and Regina King among this year’s best directing nominees, Sunday will mark the first time the Golden Globes have ever recognized more than one female director in a single year.
During the E! red carpet preshow, King, nominated for her directorial debut, One Night in Miami, touched on the historic moment.
“For a lot of us, it’s bittersweet, the fact that it’s 2021 and this is just happening and that this is the conversation,” King told E! host Karamo Brown. “I’m happy that it is a conversation, and I’m hoping that it remains a conversation — and I’m hoping that it’s the beginning of actually feeling a true shift in recognizing just how many women that are powerful artists, storytellers and have stories to tell.
“The universe has blessed me with the opportunity to stand here with two of my sisters, Chloé and Emerald, and represent so many powerful voices this season in particular because it was really difficult to have your voice heard, to actually make it to the finish line during a time like this,” she added, referencing the pandemic that has delayed the release and production of many projects. King also made similar comments on NBC’s preshow.
Along with Zhao, nominated for Nomadland, and Fennell, up for Promising Young Woman, David Fincher (Mank) and Aaron Sorkin (Trial of the Chicago 7) round out this year’s best director category.
The Golden Globes have long shut out female directors from the category, with Barbra Streisand still the only woman to ever win, in 1984 for Yentl. Ava DuVernay was the last woman nominated, for her work on Selma in 2015. Along with DuVernay and Streisand (who was nominated a second time for The Prince of Tides), the only other female directing nominees have been Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.
The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is produced by Dick Clark Productions, a division of MRC, which is a co-owner of The Hollywood Reporter through a joint venture with Penske Media titled P-MRC.
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