2020 Golden Globes Noms Announced; Women Directors Snubbed Again

Written by: Rachel Goodman – December 10th, 2019 3:52 pm PT

The Golden Globe members have spoken. In a recent announcement by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), both The Irishman and Marriage Story dominated the 2020 Golden Globe nominations, and female directors seem to have been overlooked once again. 

The Irishman, Credit: Netflix

Netflix had the most nominations as The Irishman picked up five total while Marriage Story picked up six. The two movies are nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama sitting alongside films 1917, Joker, and The Two Popes.  

In the best directing category, Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Sam Mendes (1917), and Todd Phillips (Joke) have all been nominated. 

Though the directors nominated have produced quality films, it’s unfortunate that directors such as Jennifer Lee (co-director of Frozen 2 which swept the box office this past month), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), and Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim) have been seemingly overlooked.

Many fans are not surprised by the lack of females nominated in the best directing category given the Golden Globe’s 77 year history of snubbing female directors. Only five women have ever been recognized in this category. Of those five, only one female has ever won the award—Barbra Streisand for the film Yentl.

Har’el tweeted, “Good morning to everyone that’s writing me about the #goldenglobes I feel you but know this. I was on the inside for the first time this year. These are not our people and they do not represent us. Do not look for justice in the awards system. We are building a new world.”

Some commenters, who posted in response to the Variety article covering snubbed women directors, didn’t see the lack of nominated female directors as being an issue.

“Okay, Variety, so tell me which male director should be removed from the lineup???” an anonymous commenter posted. “It’s on you. If you think diversity should eclipse talent… back it up and tell us who did not deserve a nomination.”

To which another commenter quickly replied, “Scorsese. There, fixed your prob, boomer.”

Paul Henry chimed in with, “Start off by removing Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese from the list. What self-indulgent dreck those two are making these days. That immediately opens up some slots for more deserving directors—maybe even a woman or two.”

Though the debate continues, for now we can at least say that females in film have movies represented at the Golden Globes even if they have once again been overlooked in areas where they deserve recognition. Frozen 2 has been nominated in two categories, Harriet (directed by Kasi Lemmons) received two nominations, and Hustlers has one. Ellen DeGeneres will also receive the newly created Carol Burnett Award. 

In the best performance categories, actors such as Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Christian Bale (Ford V Ferrari), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), and Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) have been nominated.

To see more films that made the list, check out the link to the nominations here.

The three-hour awards show will be hosted by Ricky Gervais and will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST.

About The Author:

Rachel Goodman is a Los Angeles based actress, host, and writer originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. In college, Rachel wrote for the Penn State Abington Literary Review and was an editorialist for The Lion’s Roar and The Montgomery County Ticket.

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