We have all heard the terrible statistics about how few studio films are directed by women. And we know a select few who have managed to break through and make a name for themselves. But for every Kathryn Bigelow or Ava DuVernay or Amy Heckerling, there are at least a dozen talented women who haven’t managed to score the big jobs in Hollywood.
In 88 years of Academy Awards, of course, only four women have ever been nominated for Best Director. Another seven films have been nominated for Best Picture without getting a Best Director nomination. And, of course, only one film directed by a woman has ever won Best Picture. And that director, Kathryn Bigelow, also won Best Director. Okay, technically Loveleen Tandan co-directed Slumdog Millionaire, but since Danny Boyle won the Directing prize alone for that film, it’s really not fair to cite it in the statistics to try to make the Academy look more open to women.
This week, we’re taking a look at some of the best female directors you may not know about yet, but should. And hopefully will. Many of them have already led projects you love and some have films you’re looking forward to. Each of them has already proven to be talented and capable. They just need an opportunity.
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