Female Directors Shut Out Of Golden Globe Nominations Again


In total agreement with the various pieces around the web about this Golden Globes snub.

Natalie Portman pointed it out in reading off the “all male nominees” list o the telecast this morning.

Three or four women directors were worth considering for their hit movies this year, one of whom should have warranted a nomination.

The only way Marielle Heller, of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and last year’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is going to become as familiar a name as Jordan Peele, James Mangold or self-promoter Ava DuVernay is for a nomination to show up when she does one of the best directing jobs of the year.

For my money, Heller did a better job than Scorsese or Baumbach, even if this year’s field of would-be contenders is overrun — Boon Jong Ho, Heller, Mangold, Todd Haynes, Todd Philips, Sam Mendes, Tarantino, Alma Har’el, Lorene Scafaria and Lulu Wang did impressive jobs, and Scorsese and Baumbach have both been much better in earlier projects.

Our “Neighbor” should be in the Oscar mix, no matter what the Globes people think.

The problem with any award given out by a group of voters is figuring out who to get behind. I dare say three or four women behind the camera got some Globes nomination votes. “Neighborhood” and “Honey Boy” were the best films directed by women in 2019. Kasi Lemons is the most experienced female director of an awards contender (“Harriet”).

“Booksmart” didn’t gain much traction with the audience, but Olivia Wilde had a lot of buzz before it faded.

The best directing job by a woman was Scafaria with “Hustle.” A dozen of good directing jobs are ignored every year. This year, several of them are sure to be by women. Will one of them break through?

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