New Delhi: The Oscars 2020 are done and dusted, and South Korean movie ‘Parasite’ has emerged as the biggest winner this year as it took home a total of 4 awards. For many, this historic victory marks the start of a new global era and awakening of a hope that this win will pave the path for more ‘representation’.
However, something still seems amiss! Well, how can we get over the fact that just like the Golden Globes, the Academy too failed to recognized female directors as none of them was nominated. The outcry began soon after Oscar nominations were announced last month, and people all over the world expressed anger over the lack of female directors.
Notably, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers, Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy, Melina Matsoukas’ Queen & Slim and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, were some of the movies among the most critically acclaimed movies of the year, however, none of these directors received a nomination.
Each film in the list above received a good word from the critics and had high ratings on the popular movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, so the snub actually came as a huge shock for many viewers.
More disturbing is the fact that Greta Gerwig missed out on the best director category for ‘Little Women’ despite it being one of nine films nominated for the best picture. Same goes for Lulu Wang whose movie ‘The Farewell’ scored numerous nominations at the Golden Globes, but was shut out at the Oscars.
However, given the Oscars’ history, the facts are not that surprising. In the Academy Awards’ 92-year history, only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director, and only one Kathryn Bigelow has ever won. In 2010, Bigelow became the only woman to date to win best director in the history of the awards, for her Iraq War film The Hurt Locker.
Many Twitter users have pointed out the fact and lamented how minority groups are not recognized at the Oscars. Highlighting the extent of this gender gap, the official Twitter account of United Nations Women on Monday, too tweeted a list of the women who have been nominated for the best director category.
Here is how other people have expressed their displeasure:
Actress Natalie Portman too highlighted the issue by wearing a Dior cape adorned with the names of un-nominated female directors to the Oscars. The names of these talented female directors snubbed by the Academy were sewed from a golden thread at the edge of Natalie’s cape.
Maybe, next time, right? It’s a long way to go, but hopefully we will reach there someday!