Katyryn Bigelow and Barbra Streisand at the 82nd Academy Awards, 2010 / Steve Granitz, WireImage, Getty Images

Not a single director was included in the Oscar nominations announced on Tuesday. The Women In Film organization condemned the decision of the members of the Academy. “Once again, they have shown that they do not value women’s voices by not giving them any nominations in the category for best director,” the organization’s members wrote in a statement.

Oscars 2023. Nominations

“An Academy Award is more than a gold statuette, it’s a career accelerator that can lead to more work and more pay. That’s why Women In Film will continue to advocate that talented directors like Sarah Polley (“Women Talk”), Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Warrior Queen”), Maria Schrader (“She Said”) and Charlotte Wells (“Aftersun”) were recognized,” the statement reads.

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The Academy’s election is just a symptom of a problem that has plagued Hollywood for years. Although there has been a clear improvement over the last decades, a significant regression has been noticeable in the last year, as evidenced by the USC Annenberg research. The report found that of the 111 directors hired to make the top 100 grossing films last year, only 9 percent were women. This is down from 12.7 percent. in 2021, women of color made up just 2.7 percent. directors of the top 100 films last year.

Katyryn Bigelow and Barbra Streisand at the 82nd Academy Awards, 2010 / Steve Granitz, WireImage, Getty Images

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In the history of the Oscars, only seven women have been nominated for directing: Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Bigelow, Greta Gerwig, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell.

Women make award-winning films, but rarely win Oscars for directing

Women are rarely appreciated in the Directing category, but their films are often nominated for Best Picture. This year, the film “Women Talk” (dir. Polley) was nominated in the Best Picture category, but the director was not nominated for the statuette.

Jane Campion wins Oscar for Best Director  Momodu Mansaray/WireImage

Jane Campion wins Oscar for Best Director Momodu Mansaray/WireImage

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In 1987, Randy Heines’ Children of a Lesser God received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, but the director was not appreciated. In 1992, Barbra Streisand was overlooked for directing The Prince of Tides despite seven other nominations, including Best Picture.

Women have won the category for the past two years in a row, with Chloé Zhao winning the 2021 Oscar for directing Nomadland, and Jane Campion winning last year’s Best Director for Dog Claws.

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Fortunately, several directors appeared in the other categories for the Oscars 2023. Domee Shi was nominated in the Best Animated Feature category for “Turning Red”, Laura Poitras (“All That Beauty and Blood”) and Sara Dosa (“Volcano of Love”) in the Best Documentary Feature category.

The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.



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