No Women Were Nominated For The Best Director Oscar This Year

Following two consecutive years of women winning the Best Director Oscar, the Academy completely ignored the many women who directed acclaimed movies this year, nominating an

entire category of men for Best Director on Tuesday morning. In the words of Issa Rae, who presented the Oscar nominations in 2020, the last time there was an all-male group

of Best Director nominees: “Congratulations to those men.”  It’s exhausting that it has once again happened, and somehow keeps happening. I had hoped to not have to publish

this story. I had hoped to have been wrong. Not on the list was Gina Prince-Bythewood, who led an incredible cast and crew of Black women in making the historical epic “The

Woman King,” which has grossed nearly $70 million at the box office. Nor was Sarah Polley, who beautifully crafted “Women Talking,” a small but mighty film about a group of

Mennonite women that, as the film unfolds, becomes a microcosm for societal questions on forming democratic systems and trying to escape abusers and abusive institutions. Or Domee

Shi, director of Pixar’s “Turning Red,” who managed to make a funny and sweet animated movie about periods. Or Charlotte Wells, whose indie darling “Aftersun” showed a tender and

introspective side of “Normal People” star Paul Mescal as a young parent. Or Laura Poitras, whose searing documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” powerfully wove together

artist and activist Nan Goldin’s past and present. And on and on and on.