Natalie Portman made headlines back in 2018 for pointing out the lack of female Golden Globes winners for directing. When presenting the award for best director on stage, she joked: "Here are the all-male nominees."
The 2021 Golden Globes are making history! On Wednesday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, revealing that for the first time ever, not one, not two, but three women were eventually nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the best director category.
Making up the majority of the group, the three women nominated for the coveted award are directors Chloé Zhao for 'Nomadland', Emerald Fennell for 'Promising Young Woman and Regina King for 'One Night in Miami'.
They will compete against David Fincher for 'Mank' and Aaron Sorkin for 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'.
Prior to this year, only five female directors had been nominated in more than seven decades: 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').
The Academy Awards have only nominated five women in the span of 92 years: Lina Wertmüller (in 1976 for "Seven Beauties"), Jane Campion (in 1993 for "The Piano"), Sofia Coppola (in 2003 for "Lost in Translation"), Kathryn Bigelow (in 2009 for "The Hurt Locker") and Greta Gerwig (in 2017 for "Lady Bird").
In Hollywood, female filmmakers are still vastly underrepresented. According to Variety, women accounted for 16 percent of directors working on the 100 highest-grossing films in 2020, an improvement from the 12 percent in 2019 and the 4 percent in 2018. Yet it's a sign that the entertainment industry falls far behind on gender parity.
Historically, Barbra Streisand is the only woman to ever win the Golden Globe for best director. But that could change on February 28 when the annual awards ceremony airs.