Coming on the heels of the Women’s March, believed to be the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated women across virtually every Oscar category to match a record set in 2016.
An official Academy tally reveals that 40 women received nominations in competitive categories outside of acting this year — including in traditionally male-dominated areas such as cinematography, directing or film editing.
The representation of female nominees, up modestly from a year ago, comes at a time when women in Hollywood have become increasingly vocal about inequality and injustice in the workplace through the Time’s Up movement. Indeed, many of the films under consideration for Best Picture depict strong women finding their voice.
Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig is the fifth woman to be nominated for a directing Oscar, following in the footsteps of Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976); Jane Campion for The Piano (1993); Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003); and Kathryn Bigelow, who won the award for The Hurt Locker (2009).
Lady Bird is the 13th film directed by a woman to be nominated for Best Picture, and, since we’re counting, the fourth movie written and directed by women to receive nominations both for best picture and writing.
Other nominees include Mary H. Ellis for Baby Driver, making her the sixth woman nominated for sound mixing. Tatiana S. Riegel collected her first Oscar nomination for film editing. And Heroin(e), from first-time director Elaine McMillion Sheldon, was nommed in the Documentary Shorts category for her film that features all-female subjects.