The Oscars failed to nominate a woman for directing this year after winning the female category for two years in a row.
The Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday did not include female filmmakers such as Sarah Polley (“Woman Talking”), Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Woman King”), Maria Schrader (“She Said”) and Charlotte Wells (“Women King”). . Aftersun”) in the Best Director lineup. Women have won the category for the past two years in a row, with Chloe Zhao scoring the 2021 award for “Nomadland” and Jane Campion last year for “Power of the Dog.”
The director category is voted on by the 573 active members of the director branch. The five cinematic helmers recognized by the Academy are Daniel Cowan and Daniel Scheinert (“Everything Everything All at Once”), Todd Field (“Tar”), Martin McDonagh (“The Banshees of Inishrein”), Ruben Ostlund (“Triangle of Sorrows”). and Steven Spielberg (“The Fablemans”).
Of the eight female director nominations in Oscar history, only three have produced winners — Kathryn Bigelow for “The Heart Locker” (2009), Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” (2020) and “The Power of the Dog” (2021). For Jane Campion. ) Other female nominees include Lena Wertmuller for “Seven Beauties” (1976), Campion for “The Piano” (1993), Sofia Coppola for “Lost in Translation” (2003), “Lady Bird” (2017) Greta Gerwig for and Panna Fennell for “The Promising Girl” (2020).
Fennell and Zhao marked the first time multiple women were nominated this year, while Campion’s recognition returned last year for the first time as a female nominee.
Women have made strides in Hollywood over the past few years, especially with the Academy Awards, but progress is still needed.
Although no women were recognized for directing, Polly’s critically acclaimed drama “Woman Talking,” an adaptation of Miriam Toews’ novel, was among 10 films nominated for Best Picture.
Prior to this year’s Best Picture nomination, there were 581 films nominated by the Academy. Only 18 of these films were directed by a woman, starting with Randa Haynes’ “Children of a Lesser God” (1986).
The Academy’s election is just one symptom of the problems plaguing Hollywood. While there have been clear improvements over the past few decades, there has also been regression, as evidenced by the USC Annenberg study. The report found that of the 111 directors hired to make the 100 top-grossing movies last year, only 9% were women. That was down from 12.7% in 2021 At the same time, the number of Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and multiracial and multiracial filmmakers also declined from 27.3% in 2021 to 20.7% in 2022. Women of color account for only 2.7% of last year’s top 100 movies directed by directors.
The 95th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on March 12 from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.