Features Volume 69, Issue 4

“Here Are the Male Nominees…”

by Katelyn To

“It’s not really a matter of questioning if their films were good enough this year for best director, because the reviews show that they were,” stated Kaitlyn Sutherland, a student in the English 4 Film class at Las Lomas. While it may not come as a surprise considering sexism in the movie industry, no female directors were nominated at this year’s Golden Globe Awards nor Oscars. Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Lulu Wang for The Farewell, Marielle Heller for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Kasi Lemmons for Harriet, Alma Har’el for Honey Boy, and Olivia Wilde for Booksmart were some of the many female directors that were snubbed this year. However, this sort of thing is not unique to 2020. In the nearly-a-century history of the Golden Globes and Oscars, only five women for each award show have ever been nominated and two have ever won in the Best Director category. This is in comparison to the other 76 times men have won at the Golden Globes and 90 times for the Oscars. Sutherland noted, “…although women may see their films gain a lot of success in other ways, the validation and praise that men who are filmmakers regularly receive simply isn’t there.” 

     While some say that others shouldn’t care so much about a simple award, others, such as Sutherland, state that the lack of recognition for women in the film industry signals a much larger issue. Sutherland went on to explain why the whole situation is such a big deal: “It’s so essential and important that women are recognized for their talent and nominated because not only are their movies critically acclaimed and well received, but it gives inspiration to younger women who are aspiring filmmakers.” To all the girls watching these award shows such as the Golden Globes, seeing no women this year on stage for Best Director would certainly be a bit discouraging. Caroline Lannes, an aspiring filmmaker herself and student in the English 4 Film class, said, “If only men are nominated and win, then it just perpetuates an all male atmosphere and makes it all the more difficult for female filmmakers to get work.” 

     All of this really goes to say that Hollywood is extremely corrupt and unfair. In reference to the #MeToo movement, which stood against sexual harassment and sexual asault, Lannes said, “Once Hollywood’s dark past of abuse was shoved in its face as well as the public eye, Hollywood’s elite pledged to do better by believing and hiring more women and [by condemning Hollywood’s] past actions. However, not much has changed below the surface.”