3 Women Are Nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes for the First Time Ever
This is historic no matter who takes home the trophy.
This morning, the nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards went live, and women dominated the Best Director of a Motion Picture category. For the first time in Golden Globes history, three women were nominated in the category, making them the sixth, seventh, and eighth women to be nominated for Best Director. They join the likes of Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Ava DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, and Barbara Streisand, who is the first and only woman to have won the Golden Globe for Best Director for her 1984 film Yentl.
This year, Regina King, Chloé Zhao, and Emerald Fennell are nominated for Best Director alongside Golden Globe alumni David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin.
King is nominated for her directorial debut, One Night in Miami, which is a fictional retelling of the February night in 1965 during which Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, and Malcom X met to discuss their roles as powerful Black media figures during the civil rights movement.
Filmmaker Chloé Zhao is nominated for Best Director for Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama. Zhao is the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the category, and she and Nomadland are also up for both Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture, Drama.
The film is based on the book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century, which chronicles several older Americans who find themselves moving from place to place in trailers in order to keep work after the Great Recession.
And finally, actress-turned-director Emerald Fennell is nominated for her dark comedy Promising Young Woman starring Carey Mulligan, who is nominated for Best Actress alongside McDormand in this role.
Fennell, who, like King, is nominated for her directorial debut, also wrote and produced the thriller about a woman seeking to avenge her friend's rape. Like Zhao, Fennell and Promising Young Woman are also up for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture, Drama.
With three women dominating the category of five nominees, the likelihood for one of them to join Barbara Streisand in Golden Globes history as the second woman to win Best Director is strong. We've waited nearly 40 years to see another female director win the category, and the change in the wind feels lovely.