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Women’s History Month: Two Women Nominated for Best Director Oscar

Posted by Kim Moseman on March 19, 2021

The Oscars have made history this year by nominating two women for Best Director: Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman.

In its nearly hundred-year history, only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director: Lina Wertmüller (1976′s “Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (1993′s “The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (2003′s “Lost in Translation”), Kathryn Bigelow (2009′s “The Hurt Locker”), and Greta Gerwig (2017′s “Lady Bird”). This is the first time the Academy handed out nominations to not just one woman in the category, but two. Bigelow is the sole woman to win best director.

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Zhao is also the first woman of Asian descent to pick up the nom. Fennell, a first-time director, is a double nominee for “Promising Young Woman” — she was nominated for original screenplay. Zhao and Fennell will compete against David Fincher (“Mank”), Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”) and Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”).

2019 had been a landmark year for women directors, but that was not reflected during last year’s Oscar’s. The Academy failed to nominate Greta Gerwig for “Little Women,” Lulu Wang for “The Farewell” or Marielle Heller for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” This resulted in public outcry and calls for change.

This is also a historic year for diversity for the Oscars as nine actors of color earned Academy Award nominations this past Monday, setting an Oscar record for diversity in those categories. 

Congratulations to both Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell on their nominations! Best of luck!

You can check out our other posts for the groundbreaking women who have made history in the film industry on Blog Central. And if you’d like to learn more about the new services we are offering here at Crews Control or discuss your next great video shoot, contact your production manager or click here to fill out our free quote form.  

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