AlidaFarrens & ArianaGanson
Although female directors have come a long way from where they were in the film industry 20 years ago, they still fail to receive recognition for their creativity on the international scale.
This year at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, there were zero female nominations for “Best Director” of a motion picture movie.
There were five astounding movies nominated for this award including “1917,” directed by Sam Mendes, “The Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips, “The Irishman,” directed by Martin Scorsese, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” directed by Quentin Tarantino and “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon-ho.
Unfortunately, movies like “The Farewell,” directed by Lulu Wang, “Hustlers,” directed by Lorene Scafaria, “Little Women,” directed by Greta Gerwig and “Booksmart,” directed by Olivia Wilde were surprisingly not up for this influential award.
Out of the 249 students who answered in the January Network survey, 23 percent of girls said they watched the Golden Globes over Christmas break. About 22 percent of those girls knew that no female directors had been nominated for “Best Director.”
“It makes me mad because a lot of my favorite movies made this year were directed by women,” freshman Ainsley Green said. “No one ever really hears about female directors. I think they should be celebrated.”
“I feel that there were plenty of female directors that deserved to be nominated such as Greta Gerwig and Lulu Wang,” senior Sophie Clark said. “Female directors are given little credit in Hollywood, even when their movies are hugely successful. I think the industry is biased and they deserve recognition.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barbara Streisand remains the only woman to ever win a Golden Globe for “Best Director” which she received in 1984 for her film, “Yentl.” In fact, the most recent nomination of a female director was in 2015 for Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.”
The question is not whether female directors deserve the award, but if the Academy will ever recognize them. The whole point of film is to tell one’s story. Everyone has a different outlook on life, and women can offer different points of view than men.
When the purpose of film is to recognize these voices that have been silenced or over- looked, it becomes apparent that the Academy may just not want to recognize or hear women’s voices. Women constantly get pushed to the side lines, out of the spotlight and recognition they deserve.
During the Golden Globes, the controversial topic came up multiple times. Host Ricky Gervais received backlash from his comments stating, “No female directors were nominated this year, that’s bad. I’ve had a word with the HFPA [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] and they have guaranteed this will never happen again. Working with all the major studios, [the HFPA has] agreed to go back to the way things were when they didn’t hire women directors. That will solve the problem. You’re welcome.” While his comments may have been made for comedic effect, several people found it hard to laugh at a subject so serious.
Recently, the Oscar nominations have also been released and unfortunately, not much has changed. According to the BBC, “for the 87th time in the Oscars’ 92-year history, no space could be found in the category [Best Director] for a single woman.”
This issue will continue until the Academy chooses to acknowledge female directors for their work in the industry, opposed to pushing them aside for their male counterparts. Future female directors will look up to other female directors for guidance and advice, but when it appears that they aren’t even getting recognition for their efforts, it may be hard for them to feel motivated instead of defeated. Film is made to hear and acknowledge others stories, not push them aside.