At last weekend's Golden Globes, Natalie Portman made headlines while presenting the Best Director award when she very publicly pointed out that all the nominees were men. Now, one of those men has responded. Steven Spielberg, who was nominated for his new film The Post, would seem to agree that his category has been too male-centered for too long. He believes, however, that this is finally changing, and thinks at this year's Academy Awards we'll see at least one woman nominated for Best Director, if not several. According to Spielberg...
There's also a watershed happening right now, slowly, maybe not fast enough, for women directors. I mean you have Patty Jenkins. We have some amazing women that have come forward, you know Mudbound and Lady Bird. This is a pretty incredible year, and I think you'll be seeing some nominations. I'm predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, if not several.
Of the awards categories that are not gender specific, there may be no category that is quite as male-dominated as Best Director. In the 75 year history of the Golden Globes, women have only been nominated for the award seven times and only won once. For the Academy Awards, which are about to host their 90th awards show, women have only been nominated four times, and also have but a single winner.
Steven Spielberg tells Entertainment Tonight that he thinks those numbers could increase in a big way this year, as there are several potential female nominees for 2017 films. He names Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins specifically, but also points out that Mudbound which was directed by Dee Rees, is a possibility, as well as Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig. Mudbound was nominated for a pair of Golden Globes on Sunday, while Lady Bird had a big night, taking home awards for Best Actress and Best Picture, along with a pair of additional nominations, including a writing nomination for Gerwig's screenplay.
There were many people who thought that at least one of those three women could see a Best Director nomination at the Golden Globes and Steven Spielberg's prediction that it could happen at the Oscars could certainly still come true. Nobody would be all that shocked to see any of those three women nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. All three films were critically acclaimed and should be part of the conversation. There are always more films in the discussion for any given award that can possibly be nominated, and if the votes happen to fall the right way, there's a chance, however unlikely, that we could see the majority of the Best Director category filled by women.
Oscar nominations will be announced in a couple of weeks, and when that happens, we'll see if women will be better represented. The awards show itself takes place March 4.