WEEK IN WOMEN: Fennell, King, and Zhao Make Golden Globes History – Brandy McDonnell reports

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For the first time in Golden Globes history, more than one woman helmer received a nomination in the Best Director – Motion Picture category: Regina King for “One Night in Miami,” Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman.

Also nominated for best director are David Fincher for “Mank” and Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The Globes have a wretched track record for nominating women directors. At the 2018 ceremony, Natalie Portman called out the HFPA while presenting the best director prize by quipping “Here are all the male nominees.”

Before this year, only five female directors had been nominated in the Globes’ almost eight-decade history: Barbra Streisand in 1984 for “Yentl” and in 1991 for “The Prince of Tides”; Jane Campion in 1994 for “The Piano”; Sofia Coppola in 2004 for “Lost in Translation”; Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker” and 2013 for “Zero Dark Thirty”; and Ava DuVernay in 2015 for “Selma.” Continue reading in THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

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.