Announced on Thursday, the 2019 nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globes' Best Director Category featured all-male nominees including the likes of Bradley Cooper from A Star Is Born, P, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, and Adam McKay for Vice, Peter Farrelly for Green Book, and Alfonso Cuaron for Roma
Variety reports that there were a number of female directors that many thought might be nominated like 'Tamara Jenkins (Private Life), Karyn Kusama (Destroyer), Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Josie Rourke (Mary Queen of Scots), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), and Elizabeth Chomko (What They Had).
According to Broadly, in the 70 years that the Golden Globes Awards’ have been running, only five women have only been nominated for the Best Director, Motion Picture category. In 2018, apparently no female directors were nominated in the category at a time where representation and female voices are needed with industry criticism at an all-time high.
Despite all the successes of prominent female directors such as Ava Duvernay (A Wrinkle In Time) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) women and more especially women of colour are still largely underrepresented. The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that from 2007 to 2017 there were only 43 women (mostly white) who worked as directors.
It appears that all the efforts of the Time's Up Movement has done little to break this barrier of entry for women directors.
Barbra Streisand who was nominated twice for her directorial work said this last year for her film Yentl: “Backstage, I heard they said I was the only woman to get the best director award, and you know, that was 1984. That was 34 years ago." She is still the only woman to receive the honour.
Reported by The Hollywood Reporter, only four women have been nominated in the category after Streisand. In 1994, Jane Campion was nominated for The Piano; Sofia Coppola in 2004 for Lost in Translation; Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for The Hurt Locker and in 2013 for Zero Dark Thirty; and Ava DuVernay won a nomination for Selma in 2015.
Despite this there are a number of diverse nominations for films like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians and Blackkklansman with directors of colour and majority POC actors for multiple categories. Sandra Oh will also be the first Asian actress to host the golden globes. She's also nominated for the best performance category for Killing Eve.