Golden Globes Makes History With Record Three Female Director Nominations

Emerald Fennell / Regina King / Chloe Zhao
Emerald Fennell / Regina King / Chloe Zhao Deadline / Diana Ragland / Deadline

This year’s Golden Globes took a leap forward in representation terms with women landing three of the five noms in the Best Director Motion Picture field.

Emerald Fennell (who is also nommed for screenplay) is up for Promising Young Woman, Regina King for One Night In Miami, and Chloe Zhao for Nomadland – they will compete with David Fincher for Mank and Aaron Sorkin for The Trial Of The Chicago 7 in the category. This follows five back-to-back years when women didn’t make the list on a single occasion.

Prior to 2021, only six women had ever been nominated for the ceremony’s director award: Ava DuVernay in 2015, Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 and 2013, Sofia Coppola in 2004, and Barbra Streisand back in 1984 (Streisand remains the only winner).

The Oscars have only ever nominated five women across its 92-year history. BAFTA last year also saw women shut out of its director noms. Let’s see if the Globes crown their second female director winner on February 28.

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