The Golden Globes 2020 nominees have been revealed and, once again, not a single female director received a nomination, despite a wealth of possible, worthy candidates in 2019. This year saw a number of hit movies directed by women, and a high number of critically-acclaimed movies directed by women that were nominated in other major categories. It's a glaring omission, but one that, unfortunately for many, doesn't come as much of a surprise.
Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood), Sam Mendes (1917) and Todd Phillips (Joker) were nominated in the Best Director category. Golden Globes is entering its 77th year and, in that time, only five female directors have been nominated. What's more, only one has ever taken home the prize, with Barbra Streisand taking home Best Director in 1984 for Yentl. Streisand was nominated a second time for her work on The Prince of Tides in 1992.
Other female directors to earn nominations in the past include Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty) and Ava DuVernay (Selma). Chatter on social media was quick to point out the snub. In 2017, Natalie Portman famously called out the Golden Globes for the lack of recognition of female directors and several shared clips of that speech.
One of the most notable individual snubs was that of Greta Gerwig, who directed the acclaimed adaptation of Little Women. Gerwig also directed the Oscar-nominated Lady Bird, which failed to garner her a nomination as well. Other notable female directors in 2019 include Olivia Wilde (Booksmart), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Alma Har'el (Honey Boy), Lulu Wang (The Farewell) and Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), just to name a few. Har'el tweeted the following once the nominations were announced.
"Good morning to everyone that's writing me about the #goldenglobes. I feel you but know this. I was on the inside for the first time this year. These are not our people and they do not represent us. Do not look for justice in the awards system. We are building a new world."
In the past, it was possible to argue that there perhaps weren't all that many features directed by women, which made it so there was a smaller sample size of movies to pull from. But 2019 was full of titles that are sure to score tons of nominations in other major categories throughout awards season, which magnifies the issue in a big way. Just as a couple of examples, Saoirse Ronan was nominated in the Best Actress, drama category for Little Women, and The Farewell was nominated in the foreign-language Best Picture category at the Golden Globes. The 77th annual Golden Globes telecast is scheduled for January 5 on NBC, with Ricky Gervais set to host.
Good morning to everyone that’s writing me about the #goldenglobes— Alma Har'el🌪 (@Almaharel) December 9, 2019
I feel you but know this.
I was on the inside for the first time this year. These are not our people and they do not represent us.
Do not look for justice in the awards system.
We are building a new world. https://t.co/IK7YNy5J5S
I take your love over awards any day of the year. I wouldn’t trade the film we made for any other film on any other awards list.— Alma Har'el🌪 (@Almaharel) December 9, 2019
And I’m sure I can say that for all the brilliant women out there.
Awards is not the end game.
Sending love back to everyone that’s writing us 💋 https://t.co/p77oL5VYKl
If for some reason they don’t get recognized I’d like to nominate Greta Gerwig, Alma Harel, Olivia Wilde, Lulu Wang and Minhal Baig for best directors of the year.— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) December 9, 2019
Lulu Wang— Alma Har'el🌪 (@Almaharel) December 9, 2019
Made films this year that reached people and touched them.
That’s our awards.
No one can take that away.
When Todd Phillips gets nominated over Greta Gerwig, Pedro Almodóvar, Noah Baumbach, Marielle Heller, Lorene Scafaria, Lulu Wang, Terrence Malick, the Safdie brothers, Jordan Peele, Robert Eggers, Alma Har'el, Fernando Meirelles, Rian Johnson and Tom motherfuckin' Hooper pic.twitter.com/2uJhTTUHDc— Matt Jacobs (@tarantallegra) December 9, 2019
Before anyone tries to claim there were “no good films directed by women” have you seen @thefarewell from @thumbelulu ?Have you seen @HoneyBoyMovie from @Almaharel ? Have you seen @Booksmart by @oliviawilde ?Films w/ critical acclaim. Films that ppl loved.Films directed by women. https://t.co/oThwfRBYFe— conor leslie (@ConorLeslie) December 9, 2019
Here come the Golden Globes 2020 with only 3 non-white actors nominated for their work and zero female directors. Inclusion was fleeting.— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) December 9, 2019
anyways shoutout to the female directors of 2019 pic.twitter.com/tAvcoPTk3r— mina (@mericanhunty) December 9, 2019
2019 has been a great year for female directors;— Kara 🎥 (@Kara_Byrne_) December 9, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Queen & Slim
The continued exclusion of female directors during awards season confirms why we made a category for female filmmakers. They should be viewed as equals and films like Honey Boy, Booksmart, The Farewell, Hustlers, The Nightingale, and Blinded by the Light deserve to be nominated.— Hollywood Critics Association (@LAOFCS) December 9, 2019
Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Alma Ha'rel (Honey Boy), Greta Gerwig (Little Women)— Levi @FF x !GWAK party (@LeviSnafu) December 9, 2019
All snubbed. Not a single female director nominated this year, despite their films receiving nominations in other categories and awards. Don't tell me this business is fair. #GoldenGlobes
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA— Mario Piacquadio (@MarioNotBros) December 9, 2019
How in the fuck does Olivia Wilde not get nominated for Booksmart https://t.co/ZdfTqiUSsC
Awards bodies are going to need to start apologizing to Marielle Heller.— Chris Feil (@chrisvfeil) December 9, 2019
Marielle Heller is gonna get snubbed twice in a row now MEANWHILE foot man and “people are too sensitive to be funny anymore” man are getting all the nominations pic.twitter.com/QKJh5wjduV— Ally Ruggieri (@allyruggieri) December 9, 2019
me taking todd phillips’s golden globe nomination and giving it to alma har’el, lorene scafaria, lulu wang, greta gerwig, marielle heller, melina matsoukas, olivia wilde, jennifer kent, or any other woman pic.twitter.com/chgSBEZrDq— brandon (@celesteswright) December 9, 2019