The Golden Globes have been round for 75 baffling years, present because the Oscars’ bratty, arguably ineffective little cousin. Nonetheless, in that point, the Hollywood International Press Affiliation’s award present has managed to construct a small lane for itself, and a part of that lane is blatant misogyny. In 77 years, they’ve nominated a lady for a directing award simply seven instances. You may bear in mind Natalie Portman calling them out at their very own award present when she quipped “Here are the all-male nominees” as a presenter in 2017.
This 12 months was poised so as to add at the very least one or two nominations to their file, given the banner 12 months Hollywood had for girls administrators. Greta Gerwig’s Little Ladies, Marielle Heller’s A Stunning Day within the Neighborhood, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell and Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers have all been widespread with critics and audiences up to now, and had been anticipated to garner award season consideration.
Alas, it wasn’t to be. On Monday, the Golden Globes nominated Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Sam Mendes (1917), Todd Phillips (Joker), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Quentin Tarantino (As soon as Upon a Time in Hollywood). Many of those are high-quality motion pictures, nicely deserving of award consideration.
However in case you’ve been dwelling underneath a rock for a number of years, Hollywood isn’t a terrific place for girls. There’s Harvey Weinstein, after all a loathsome particular person whose reign of sexual terror was well-known and much more well-protected. There are talking and named roles, solely 33 p.c of which went to girls within the prime 100 grossing motion pictures of 2017 and 2018. That’s to say nothing of onscreen depictions of ladies, that are about 4 instances as prone to be sexualized as male roles are.
Relating to directing, issues get even worse. Of the highest 1,200 motion pictures in 2017-2018, 4.three p.c had been directed by girls. That’s 47 girls.
Given these steep odds, the truth that girls like Gerwig and Heller had been capable of direct a film in any respect is a small miracle, although apparently not fairly on par with Phillips’ Joker, so far as the HFPA is anxious.
One may hope that the Oscars will fare higher however imagine it or not, the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences’ monitor file is even worse than the Globes. Over the Academy’s 91-year existence, simply 5 girls have been nominated for Greatest Director (Gerwig, Sophia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, Lina Wertmller and Jane Campion).
The excellent news? Ladies are getting extra alternatives significantly the place big-budget movies are involved. In 2020, we’ll see Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals and Cate Shortland’s Black Widow including some a lot wanted feminine director illustration to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cathy Yan is directing Birds of Prey for DC, which can also be engaged on an adaptation of New Gods with Ava DuVernay. Will this be sufficient to get the HFPA’s consideration? Keep tuned.