Golden Globes: Female Directors Make History With Most Noms in One Year

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) and Regina King (One Night in Miami)
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Chloe Zhao ('Nomadland'), Emerald Fennell ('Promising Young Woman') and Regina King ('One Night in Miami').

"To see three women out of five directors be nominated for the Golden Globe makes me very happy. It is long overdue,” said Barbra Streisand, the only woman to ever win the best director prize, in a statement to THR.

For the first time in the history of the Golden Globe awards, more than one woman has been nominated in the best director category in any one year.

Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) and Regina King (One Night in Miami) were all nominated in the category. This year, female directors make up the majority of the category, which also includes nominees David Fincher (Mank) and Aaron Sorkin (Trial of the Chicago 7).

"To see three women out of five directors be nominated for the Golden Globe makes me very happy. It is long overdue,” said Barbra Streisand in a statement to THR. Streisand remains the only woman to ever win the best director prize — in 1984 for Yentl. 

Streisand was nominated a second time— the only woman to be nominated twice in the category— in 1992 for The Prince of Tides.

Ava DuVernay was the last woman nominated for her work on Selma in 2015. Along with DuVernay and Streisand, the only other female directing nominees have been Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow.

The Golden Globes have long shut out female directors from the category. At the 2018 ceremony, Natalie Portman criticized the lack of female director nominees while presenting the category. She went off script to note, "And here are all the male nominees."

The Golden Globes ceremony will take place Feb. 28, to be hosted by a bicoastal Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.: Updated with statement from Barbra Streisand.