WEEK IN WOMEN: Gotham Awards Best Feature Noms All from Women Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

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The Independent Filmmaker Project, billed as the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, has announced the nominees for the 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards.

And in the best feature category, all five nominated films come from women directors: The Assistant from Kitty Green, First Cow from Kelly Reichardt, Never Rarely Sometimes Always from Eliza Hittman, Nomadland from Chloé Zhao and Relic from Natalie Erika James.

This is the first time in the Gotham Awards’ three-decade history that women direct all the nominees for best feature.

Other women directors to receive nominations include Ramona S. Diaz’s A Thousand Cuts for best documentary; Fernanda Valadez’s Identifying Features and Maïmouna Doucouré’s Cuties (Mignonnes) for best international feature; Radha Blank’s The Forty-Year-Old Version for Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and best screenplay; and Reichardt and Jon Raymond for best screenplay. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.