Wednesday 20 February 2019

Women miss out in all-male shortlist for best director

Kathryn Bigelow remains the only woman to ever win the award.

Kathryn Bigelow with her Oscar for best director in 2010 (Ian West/PA)
Kathryn Bigelow with her Oscar for best director in 2010 (Ian West/PA)

By Ian Jones, Press Association

There has only ever been one female winner of the Oscar for best director in the history of the Academy Awards – and that is not going to change in 2019.

No women have been nominated in the category this year.

Among those to be overlooked are two British film-makers: Lynne Ramsay, director of You Were Never Really Here, and Josie Rourke, who directed Mary Queen Of Scots.

Also missing out are the American directors Debra Granik (Leave No Trace) and Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?).

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(PA Graphics)

The only woman to win the best director Oscar is Kathryn Bigelow, who triumphed in 2010 with The Hurt Locker.

And Bigelow is one of just five women who have ever been nominated in the director category.

The others are Lina Wertmuller (nominated for Seven Beauties in 1977), Jane Campion (The Piano, 1994), Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation, 2004) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird in 2018).

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