Greta Gerwig, Marielle Heller and More Female Directors Snubbed in 2020 Golden Globes Nominations
The 2020 Golden Globes nominations were announced on Monday, and as usual, with them came many snubs and surprises.
From Game of Thrones' final season landing just one nod, to Cate Blanchett's surprise nod and Robert De Niro's shocking snub, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association kept with its tradition of doling out a few stunners on nominations morning.
However, as awards season starts to ramp up to full-force, there is also one unfortunate-yet-unsurprising tradition that the Globes seem determined to continue: the snubbing of female directors. This year's nominations saw several women whose films were nominated in other categories overlooked in favor of their male counterparts.
Marielle Heller, who topped snub lists last year for her acclaimed Melissa McCarthy starrer Can You Ever Forgive Me?, was overlooked once again this year for her acclaimed Mister Rogers film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which did earn a nomination for supporting star Tom Hanks as the beloved children's TV host.
Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers scored the rare combination of critical praise and commercial success, earning rave reviews and the highest-ever box office debut for a film starring a woman of color. Similar to Heller, Scafaria's film scored a Golden Globes supporting acting nom for Jennifer Lopez's outstanding turn as Ramona, but didn't earn any praise for the creative mind behind the camera.
Even Greta Gerwig, the most recent female Best Director nominee at the Oscars -- for 2017's Lady Bird -- couldn't crack the category. Her buzzed-about adaptation of Little Women was shut out of all nominations except for nods for lead actress Saoirse Ronan and composer Alexandre Desplat.
Lulu Wang and Celine Sciamma both landed Golden Globe recognition in the Best Foreign Language Film, for The Farewell and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, respectively, but neither was nominated for Best Director. And Ava DuVernay -- the most recent female Best Director nominee at the Globes, for 2015's Selma -- saw perhaps the biggest snub on the TV side, as her Netflix miniseries, When They See Us, was entirely shut out of nominations despite recent recognition from the Emmys and Critics Choice Awards.
Other female directors who made acclaimed films eligible in the category this year include Melina Matsoukas for Queen & Slim, Mati Diop for Atlantics, Olivia Wilde for Booksmart, Chinonye Chukwu for Clemency, Jennifer Kent for The Nightingale, Nia DaCosta for Little Woods, Nisha Ganatra for Late Night, Claire Denis for High Life, Gurinder Chadha for Blinded by the Light, Joanna Hogg for The Souvenir and Alma Har'el for Honey Boy.
It's nothing new for female filmmakers -- in the history of the Golden Globes, there have only been four female Best Director nominees, with Barbra Streisand being the only one to win, in 1983, for Yentl. (The statistics are almost exactly the same at the Oscars: five nominees and just one win, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009.)
This year's "all-male nominees" for Best Director (thank you, Natalie Portman) do include a few first-time faces. After winning the Palm d'Or at Cannes earlier this year, Bong Joon-ho scored his first major American film award recognition for Parasite, which was also nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. Joker director Todd Phillips previously won a Golden Globe as a producer on The Hangover, but this is his first nod for directing.
And all the rest are regulars. Martin Scorsese's nomination for The Irishman is his ninth Best Director nod -- he's won three Globes in the category: for Gangs of New York in 2002, The Departed in 2006 and Hugo in 2011. Tarantino's nod for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is his fourth as Best Director, though he's never won, and Sam Mendes scored his third nomination in the category after winning in 1999 for American Beauty.
The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will air live from The Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC.
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