Oscars Countdown: Female filmmakers in Oscars history
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Five. Five. This paltry number is the number of women who have been nominated for the Best Director gong in 90 years of Oscars history. That's right, in nine decades of award ceremonies, there have only been five women nominated for their efforts behind the camera, only one of whom has actually won the honour: Kathryn Bigelow in 2010. Up until this year, we had gone eight years with not a single woman nominated for the Best Director prize, and no woman of colour has ever received a nomination. Now while I could rant about the sexism (and racism) inherent in Hollywood till the cows come home, instead, I thought we could celebrate the achievements of those women who have managed to crack that glass ceiling.
1. Kathryn Bigelow - Won the Best Director Award in 2010In 2009 Kathryn Bigelow finally ended the 81 year drought of no female directors winning the directing honour, as she won the prize for war film, The Hurt Locker (2008), following an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in the Iraq War. Bigelow beat out James Cameron, Lee Daniels, Jason Reitman and Quentin Tarantino for the honour.
2. Lina Wertmuller - Nominated for Best Director in 1977Lina Wertmuller has the honour of being the first woman ever to be nominated for the Best Director honour, at the 49th Awards Ceremony in 1977. It took nearly 50 years for a woman to be even nominated for the award and another 31 for a woman to win, just let that sink in. Wertmuller was nominated for Seven Beauties (1975), an Italian language film which follows a man who deserts the Italian Army and then is captured and sent to a German Prisoner of War camp. Wertmuller was ultimately beaten to the honour by John G. Avildsen, the director of Rocky (1976).
3. Jane Campion - Nominated for Best Director in 1994
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