Regina King, Chloe Zhao and Emerald Fennell make Golden Globes history with best director nominations

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Regina King [NBC photo]

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed Wednesday the nominees for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards, and three women directors are making Globes history.

For the first time, more than one woman helmer received a nod 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.”

Chloe Zhao [Courtesy photo]

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.”

Streisand is the only woman to ever win the Golden Globe for best director, in 1984 for “Yentl.”

“To see three women out of five directors be nominated for the Golden Globe makes me very happy. It is long overdue,” said Streisand in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Emerald Fennell [Courtesy photo]

The 78th Golden Globes will take place on Feb. 28 and broadcast on NBC. The event will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, returning for the fourth time, after hosting in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Fey and Poehler will share duties from their respective cities, with Fey on the East Coast and Poehler on the West Coast. Fey will be live from New York’s Rainbow Room, Poehler will be live from the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, and nominees, from various locations around the world.

It will be interesting to see if this history-making moment for the Golden Globes will be echoed at the Academy Awards. Only five women in the 92-year history of the Oscars have been nominated for best director: Academy Awards have only nominated five women in the span of 92 years. Lina Wertmüller in 1976 for “Seven Beauties,” Campion in 1993 for “The Piano,” Coppola in 2003 for “Lost in Translation,” Bigelow (in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker,” and Greta Gerwig in 2017 for “Lady Bird.”

The 93rd Academy Awards are scheduled for April 25. The nominations are set to be announced March 15.

-BAM

 

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