A year after omitting women entirely, Hollywood’s administrators Tuesday nominated two female filmmakers for their top prize for the first time in the awards’ seven-decade history.
“Nomadland” director Chloe Zhao and “Promising Young Woman” helmer Emerald Fennell turn out to be the ninth and tenth women nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s outstanding feature movie class.
The DGA president Thomas Schlamme in an announcement stated:
I congratulate our five nominees whose diverse and extraordinary movies embodied that universal power in a year that will never be forgotten.
Beijing-born Zhao and British director Fennell are joined on the varied shortlist by Lee Isaac Chung, who drew on his Korean-American immigrant family history for acclaimed drama “Minari.”
The category is rounded out by David Fincher, for Hollywood Golden Age reimagining “Mank”, and Aaron Sorkin for 1960s courthouse drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
The DGA Awards are a robust indicator of the Oscars greatest director prize.
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Only one lady, Kathryn Bigelow, has gained the DGA prime honour, and she went on to scoop the only female best director Oscar winner in history for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker.”
Last year the most important award reveals together with the DGAs and Oscars shut out all female-helmed movies of their director categories, with the absence of Greta Gerwig for her acclaimed “Little Women” drawing a particular backlash.
The industry has come below rising scrutiny for its lack of diversity in recent years.
The DGA Tuesday additionally unveiled five nominees for the first-time function director prize, together with Regina King for “One Night in Miami” and Radha Blank for “The Forty-Year-Old Model.”
The DGAs winners will probably be unveiled at a private virtual occasion on April 10, some two weeks before the pandemic-delayed Oscars.