Women Talking and Women Snubbed for Oscars – MovieWeb

Women have been historically left out of the Best Director category at the Academy Awards. 
The recent Academy Awards nominations have once again highlighted the ongoing issue of gender inequality in the film industry. Despite two consecutive years of women winning in the Best Director category, The Academy nominated no female directors for an Oscar this year.
Sarah Polley’s critically acclaimed drama Women Talking, an adaptation of the novel by Miriam Toews, was among the ten nominated movies for Best Picture, yet Polley herself was not recognized in the Best Director category. Similarly, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King, Maria Schrader’s She Said, and Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun were all snubbed, despite being highly praised by audiences and critics.
The Director category is voted on by the 573 active members of the Directors Branch. This year’s nominees include Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for Everything Everywhere All at Once, Todd Field for Tár, Martin McDonagh for The Banshees of Inisherin, Ruben Östlund for Triangle of Sadness, and Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans.
The organization Women in Film, Los Angeles, has condemned the Academy for the lack of representation. In a statement, they said,
“Once again, Academy voters have shown that they don’t value women’s voices, shutting us out of the Best Director nominations.”
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This is not the first time the Academy has been criticized for its lack of female representation. In the history of the Oscars, only seven women have been nominated for Best Director, with only three winning the award – Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009), Chloé Zhao for Nomadland (2020), and Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog (2021).
According to research by USC Annenberg, of the 111 directors hired to make the 100 top-grossing movies last year, only 9% were women. This is a significant decrease from 12.7% in 2021. The number of Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and multi-racial and multi-ethnic filmmakers also fell from 27.3% in 2021 to 20.7% in 2022. Women of color accounted for a mere 2.7% of directors of the top 100 movies last year.
It’s clear that the industry still has a long way to go when it comes to representation and inclusion. The lack of female representation in the Oscar nominations reflects the larger problem of gender inequality in Hollywood. It’s time for the Academy and the industry as a whole to take meaningful steps toward creating a more inclusive and equitable environment for all filmmakers.


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