Women Sweep Best Director Nominations at Golden Globe Awards

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2021 continues to raise the bar with a year of firsts. For the Golden Globes, it was the nomination of three women for best director — a first for the awards show.

They are Director Chloé Zhao, the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for her film “Nomadland,” Emerald Fennel for “Promising Young Woman,” and Regina King for “One Night in Miami.”


Although other women have been nominated for best director in the past — we need only to remember Barbara Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay, and Kathryn Bigelow — but in total, including this year’s nominations — there have only been eight. 

The only one to win the best director was Barbara Streisand’s 1983 movie, “Yentl.” In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Streisand said, “To see three women out of five directors be nominated for the Golden Globe makes me very happy. It is long overdue.”

Before 2021, Ava DuVernay was the last woman to get nominated for best director for the movie “Selma.”

Zhao, Fennel, and King are up for the nomination next to directors David Fincher for “Mank” and Aaron Sorkin for “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” His film is nominated for five different awards, and the movie recounts the story of the Nixon administration’s prosecution of seven activists who protested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. 

To no surprise, the Golden Globes have a long history of shutting women — particularly Women of Color — out of the nominations. In 2018, Natalie Portman commented on the lack of female director nominees while presenting the category. In true Portman style, she went off the script and said, “And here are all the male nominees.”

Tune in on February 28 for the anticipated ceremony. Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the night promises to be entertaining, at the very least.