With the announcement of this year's Golden Globes nominations, Hollywood proved once again that it's not ready to break its outdated, discriminatory shackles just yet. For the second year in a row, no female director has been nominated in the Best Director category. Not only that, no director of color has been chosen too.
Instead, all the praise went straight to five white men: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape Of Water, Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Ridley Scott for All The Money In The World and Steven Spielberg for The Post.
#GoldenGlobes Best Director Nominees - by Gender:— Elena Rossini (@_elena) December 12, 2017
Now, sure, no one's going to argue that del Toro or Nolan aren't worthy of these nominations, but this year was especially rich with top-scoring productions from a diverse set of directors – think Jordan Peele's Get Out, Kumail Nanjiani's The Big Sick, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, Dee Rees' Mudbound and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman – who could've easily been included in the list.
These movies have won awards and broke records just like the nominees. As Variety points out, the exclusion of female directors is also particularly striking given the abundance of women-centric projects, such as the already mentioned Lady Bird and Wonder Woman, but also I, Tonya, The Post, The Shape of Water, Beauty and the Beast, etc.
The lack of representation wasn't lost with many – people took to Twitter to express their outrage over Golden Globes' choice.
Pointing out horrendous statistics – such as the fact that only seven women have been nominated in the category in total with only one woman of color and ultimately only one female winner in the show's 74-year history – readers were trying to focus the attention on the fact that it's a discriminatory pattern rather than argue for each production's value.
Read some of the reactions below and check out the full list of Golden Globes nominations here.
Only seven times in 75 years have women been nominated in the Best Director category at the Golden Globes: Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow twice, Ava DuVernay and Barbra Streisand twice (who is the only woman to have won for Yentl in 1983)— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) December 11, 2017
The main thing the Golden Globes give a nominee is visibility. Another reason why it’s depressing they went with an all male director category. Few women directors will achieve power of Spielberg, Nolan, Scott without the opportunity to be seen.— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) December 11, 2017
The men nominated here should speak to the fact that they don’t share this honor with a single woman in their category. That something is glaringly missing from this list. Be an ally. This is not acceptable. https://t.co/xC5mUpxqbd— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) December 11, 2017
no sweetie, women didn't lose some, they lost all in this category. Not a single nomination when their year as directors was specially amazing, with wins and nominations in many festivals, critically acclaimed + breaking records. Golden Globes decided to ignore them completely.— Scarlet Bitch (@scarlletbitch) December 11, 2017