Golden Globes Nominations: These Female Directors Were Snubbed — Could They Get Oscar Nods Instead?

It’s definitely awards season. The nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, as voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, have been announced. And in a disappointing (yet hardly shocking) twist, not a single woman has been nominated for Best Director (or Best Screenplay, and no movie written or directed by a woman is up for Best Motion Picture, save for 1917 co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns).

77th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement
77th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement | Michael Tran/FilmMagic

As the Golden Globes are often seen as the precursor as to who will be nominated at the Academy Awards, this begs the question — will this be yet another year without a female Best Director nominee at the Oscars? Let’s take a look at some of the women who were snubbed, in hopes that we’ll see their names on the list of 2020 Oscar nominees.

Alma Har’el — ‘Honey Boy’

One of the most surprising films of the year is Honey Boy. The semi-autobiographical film was written by and stars Shia LaBeouf, who plays a version of his own father in the story that recounts much of his life as a child star. The movie was directed by Alma Har’el.

Har’el has been fighting against gender bias in the film industry for years now. When the Golden Globe nominations came in, she was one of the first to speak out, mentioning several other female directors (including those on this list) who “made films this year that reached people and touched them,” adding, “That’s our awards. No one can take that away.”

Lorene Scafaria — ‘Hustlers’

Another film that many were unprepared for? Hustlers, the true story based on the lives of New York City strippers who took their jobs to another level. Hustlers quickly received much praise for its story and for the performance of Jennifer Lopez.

Though she didn’t comment on her lack of nomination, Scafaria did share Lopez’s message, congratulating the star. Many expect that Lopez will be nominated for an Oscar as well, and Hustlers is also getting some attention in regards to costumes and makeup. But it would be a surprise (albeit a pleasant one) to see Scafaria on the list of nominees.

Lulu Wang — ‘The Farewell’

In addition to obvious gender bias, there’s a lack of diversity in race in the Golden Globe nominations. One director, Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite), is of Asian descent, and none of the actor categories have more than two persons of color. In the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical category is Awkwafina, star of The Farewell.

The writer and director of the film, Lulu Wang, based the story on her own life. Not only were many shocked that she wasn’t nominated for the film, but that the movie itself was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category, despite being distributed through a U.S. company. Wang reacted to this on Twitter, writing that despite this, the film increasing discourse “IS a win.”

Greta Gerwig — ‘Little Women’

Something all of the films on this list have in common? They’re based on true stories. Little Women, though it has been adapted numerous times, is, in fact, based on the experiences of the author. But the latest version is unique in many ways thanks to writer-director Greta Gerwig. And the stars of her film, including Saoirse Ronan, see the injustice in her being ignored.

This isn’t the first time Gerwig has been snubbed by the HFPA. In fact, Natalie Portman’s now-infamous moment from the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony was, in part, because Gerwig wasn’t nominated for her directorial debut, Lady Bird. An even deeper cut? Gerwig’s own husband, Noah Baumbach, is nominated for Best Screenplay for Marriage Story — which is loosely about his divorce from his ex-wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh.