Lady Bird snagged two top awards at the 2018 Golden Globes, and we’re still cheering. However, the internet is (rightfully) talking about an award that the film didn’t win: Best Director. Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig was not even nominated for the award, which, as usual, went to a man (Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water). The other four nominees in the category? Also men. (In case you missed it, Natalie Portman pointed this out while presenting the award and it was awesome.)
That’s right — even though the film Greta Gerwig wrote and directed the film that won the awards for “Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy” and “Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy” (for Saoirse Ronan), Gerwig didn’t even receive a nomination for Best Director.
When the legendary Barbra Streisand took the stage to announce Best Motion Picture — Drama, she shared a fact that many people watching weren’t aware of: She is the only woman to have ever won the Golden Globe for Best Director.
“We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director,” Streisand continued, as Gerwig and Ronan put their arms around each other and nodded emphatically. “These are so many films out there that are so good, directed by women.”
Here’s the clip, via Billboard:
Many Lady Bird fans took to Twitter to express their anger over Greta Gerwig’s snub.
It’s important to call out this tremendous inequality, and we sincerely hope the Hollywood Foreign Press is listening.