Golden Globes misses the mark by shutting out all major female directors this year

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Greta
Gerwig on the set of “Lady Bird.”

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  • The 2018 Golden
    Globe nominations
    were announced Monday. 
  • All five best director nominees were men.
  • Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”, Patty Jenkins (“Wonder
    Woman”), and Dee Rees (“Mudbound”) each directed a
    critically-acclaimed movie this year. 

Despite a best picture, comedy or musical nomination for “Lady
Bird” and widespread acclaim for its first-time
director, Greta Gerwig, the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association stuck with an all-male group for the 2018 best
director nominations.

In a year in which Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman”
and Dee Rees‘ “Mudbound” also
received universal praise — and in the case of “Wonder Woman,”
massive box office as well, the slight was seen as significant.

Gerwig, who has acted in numerous films, had never directed a
feature before “Lady Bird.” She did, however, score a screenplay
nom for her original “Lady Bird” script. The Globes combine both
adapted and original screenplays into one category.

The push to hire and recognize female directors has intensified
in the wake of the Academy’s efforts to improve diversity and the
massive sexual harassment scandals that are gripping Hollywood.

Instead, the HFPA nominated Guillermo del Toro, whose “The Shape
of Water” had the most noms overall, Martin McDonagh, Christopher
Nolan, Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg. Spielberg previously
won Globes for directing “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s
List.”


wonder woman
Patty Jenkins directed
2017’s hit “Wonder Woman.”

Warner
Bros.


“Lady Bird” stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf were nominated
for Golden Globes for best actress, comedy and supporting
actress, respectively. Among other honors, “Lady Bird” won best
film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Ronan stars as the title character in “Lady Bird,” a high school
senior who deals with a strict mother, college plans and boys in
early-2000s Sacramento, Calif.

However, the Globe nominations weren’t all bad news for women
directors. Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” did
receive a best foreign film nomination. The Cambodia-set film’s
dialogue is in Khmer, French and English. And “The Breadwinner,”
directed by Nora Twomey, will compete in the best animated film
category.

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