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The Golden Globes Make History

Team Stardust
February 3, 2021

While the Golden Globes may have had its fair share of snubs this year (I May Destroy You deserved so much better😭), it's important to recognize the huge step the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has made in regards to representing female directors. This year, the Golden Globes made history by nominating not one, not two, but THREE badass female directors for the Best Director category. For the first time ever, women nominees outnumber the men in this prestigious category.

Here are all of the Best Director noms (and the entire list of all noms (link) in case you missed it):

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Regina King, One Night In Miami

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Cheers to all who are nominated and an extra three cheers for Fennell, King, and Zhao! For the past six years, the Golden Globes have received criticism for consistently not nominating esteemed female directors, and instead focusing on male directors. It’s the first time in history that more than one female director has been nominated for the award, and a mere five other female directors have been nominated for this award in the past .

1984: Barbra Streisand, Yentl

1991: Barbra Streisand, The Prince of Tides

1994: Jane Campion, The Piano

2004: Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

2010: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

2013: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

2015: Ava DuVernay, Selma

So far, Streisand has been the only woman to win Best Director at the Golden Globes (Yentl). The list of women Best Director winners may grow by on February 28th on NBC.

Who do you think should win Best Director? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!