On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, which will be held on Feb. 9. Unsurprisingly, the Academy continued its pattern of recognizing predominantly white, male talent.
Though Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of “Little Women” was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture, Gerwig did not receive a directing nomination. In fact, there were no female directing nominees at all. Other female directors, including Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”) and Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), were also absent from the list of nominees.
In the 92-year history of the Oscars, only five women have been nominated for best director, including Gerwig herself in 2017 for “Lady Bird.” The only woman to win the award is Kathryn Bigelow, who was honored for “The Hurt Locker” a decade ago.
According to new research from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, more than 10 percent of the directors on last year’s top films were women, more than twice as many as in 2018 and the highest number in over a decade.
Yet female filmmakers were snubbed across the board by m ajor awards shows this season; there were no female nominees for best director, screenplay or motion picture at this year’s Golden Globes. This reflects a larger inability to see women as auteurs, the masterminds behind these works of art, even when it comes to telling their own stories.