At first History of oscarMore than one female filmmaker has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director in a year.
on Monday, Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald fennel (“Promising Young Woman”) nominated alongside Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”), David Fincher (“Munk”) and Thomas Winterberg (“Another Round”). This honor is also notable because hardly any women are included in this category: before this year, only five women filmmakers were recognized.
Zhao Became the first Asian woman to win Best Director At the Golden Globes in February, when “Nomadland”, the story of a widow who joins the country’s traveling task force, also picked up Best Picture in the drama category. The film is a strong contender to win Best Picture at the 93rd Oscars on 25 April.
“Promising Young Woman” about her quest for vengeance after raping a friend was nominated for four Golden Globes, including Best Director and Best Picture. In the end it was discontinued.
“Nomadland” was universally well-received, with The New York Times co-lead film critic AO Scott Praise for Zhao’s focus “on the difference between human emotion and geography, to reveal the character of space, light, and air.”
“Promising Woman” received a more mixed reception, however USA Today’s Brian Truitt features Fennell, Who also wrote the screenplay, “as a stunning new filmmaking voice with a stunning heroine who is impossible not to accept.”
If either Zhao or Fennel were to win, they would become just the second woman to be named the best director – and the first in more than a decade. In 2010, Catherine Bigelow won for her Iraq War film “The Hurt Locker”. Next year, Zhao may also have a chance to become the first female director to be nominated twice – she is shooting for the Marvel superhero film “Eternals”, set for release in November.
Other women who have been nominated are Lina Wurtmüller (“Seven Beauties” in 1977), Jane Campion (“The Piano, 1994”), Sophia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”, 2004) and Greta Gervig (“Lady Bird, “) are. “2018).