Women in Film LA and Women and Hollywood are rallying behind female directors. In response to the fourth consecutive complete shutout of female directors in the Golden Globes category for Best Director, and as the Oscar nominations voting period commences, the two organizations are launching a joint social media campaign to remind voters and the public to consider women directors and their feature films released this year. The campaign will kick off the evening of the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday and runs until January 14, when Oscar noms voting closes.
In the 75-year history of the Golden Globe awards, only five women have received a nod for Best Director with Barbra Streisand being the only female to have won the award for 1983’s Yentl.
The Academy has also lacked when it comes to the representation of women who direct. Just last year, Lady Bird helmer Greta Gerwig became only the fifth woman to be nominated for a directing Oscar in its 90-year history. Kathryn Bigelow is the only female to have won for 2010’s The Hurt Locker.
The organizations are hoping this campaign, which will use the hashtag Remember the Ladies, will serve to keep the names of women directors in the minds of voters.
The following is the list of women directors included in the campaign. It consists of films and individuals that have been discussed and have appeared on critics lists during awards season.
Susanne Bier – director – Bird Box
Anne Fletcher – director – DUMPLIN’
Debra Granik – co-writer and director – Leave No Trace
Marielle Heller – director – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Tamara Jenkins – writer and director – Private Life
Karyn Kusama – director – Destroyer
Mimi Leder – director – On the Basis of Sex
Lynne Ramsay – writer and director – You Were Never Really Here
Josie Rourke – director – Mary Queen of Scots
Chloé Zhao – writer and director – The Rider