For the first time in a long time in 2021, the Golden Globes winners finally recognized the talents of female filmmakers as brilliant female directors, after six years of press criticism for sidelining women from the Best Director category during which the Foreign Press Association in Hollywood did not nominate the body behind the show. The annual awards, one woman, this year came with three nominations for women, Chloe Chow for Nomadland, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, and Regina King, uncle of One Night in Miami.
These filmmakers are competing against David Fincher for Mank and Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7
She is a Chinese filmmaker, best known for her work in Hollywood movies. Her first feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Film.
Chloe Chow’s nomination for “Nomandland” starring Frances McDormand makes her the first female director of Asian descent to be nominated for a Best Director award.
Regina Renee King is an American actress and director. She has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and four Emmy Awards for acting, the most for an African-American actor, and has been ranked by Time magazine among the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2019.
Regina King, nominated for One Night in Miami, makes her the second black woman, after director Ava Duvernay.
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She is an English actress, author, screenwriter, producer and director. She has appeared in several dramatic films, such as Albert Nobbs, Anna Karenina, The Danish Girl, and Vita and Virginia.
This is the first time in history that more than one woman has been honored in the Golden Globes’ Best Director category.Before this year, only five female directors have been nominated in more than seven decades, Barbara Streisand in 1984 for Yentl and in 1991 for The Prince. of Tides, Jane Campion in 1994 The Piano, Sophia Coppola in 2004 for Lost in Translation, Catherine Bigelow in 2010 for The Hurt Locker, and in 2013 for Zero Dark Thirty, and Ava DuVernay in 2015 for Selma.
In general, award programs don’t have a track record when it comes to honoring women behind the camera, until the Oscars, only five women were nominated in a 92-year period, Lena Wertmuller in 1976 for Seven Beauties, and Jane Campion in 1993 for The Piano, Sophia. Coppola in 2003 for Lost in Translation, Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for The Hurt Locker, and Greta Gerwig in 2017 for Lady Bird.
In Hollywood, female directors are still largely underrepresented. Women accounted for 16% of directors who made the top 100 films in 2020, an improvement of 12% in 2019 and 4% in 2018, yet it is a sign that the filmmaking industry is far behind gender equality.
Streisand is the only woman to ever win a Golden Globe for Best Director. But that may change on February 28 when the annual awards ceremony airs.