Awards-Season Noms Lacking Again For Women Behind The Camera

When Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday morning, don’t expect many female directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, editors, art directors, visual effects artists and sound mixers to be mentioned. This awards season, women combined have received only 11% of their guild and honor society awards nominations, which are most often bellwethers for the Academy Awards.

Female producers fared better this year, accounting for more than 22% of the PGA’s feature film nominations, though Saturday’s winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, Green Book, featured an all-male producing team. The PGA Award for best animated film went to the five producers of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – two of whom are women.

Women in the industry have made progress over the past year – all the hiring data indicates it – and the #MeToo movement has certainly captured Hollywood’s attention. But female nominees are still not showing up in large numbers in many key awards categories. (See scorecard for this year’s guild and society noms below.)

“This year illuminates just how much work we still need to do in order for women to gain visibility in the awards season conversation,” said Melissa Silverstein, founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood. “The lack of nominations doesn’t take away from the exemplary work that has been done, but illustrates how deeply embedded institutionalized sexism and gender norms are in all the guilds and the industry.”

No women are nominated this year in the DGA’s feature film categories, and no women are nominated by the American Society of Cinematographers in its feature film category either. Only five females have ever been nominated for a Best Director Oscar, and only one (Kathryn Bigelow, in 2010 for The Hurt Locker) has won. And only one female cinematographer has ever been nominated for an Oscar – and that was just last year when Rachel Morrison was a nominee for lensing Netflix’s Mudbound.

Of the 20 feature film writers nominated this year for WGA Awards, only one is female. Similarly, only one female is among the 18 feature film editors nominated for Eddie Awards by the American Cinema Editors.

At the Art Directors Guild, only three of 21 feature film nominees are women, while the Visual Effects Society nominated 59 men and seven women for its annual awards. Only three women have ever been nominated for the Visual Effects Oscar, and two have won.

And at the Cinema Audio Society, only three of 63 feature film sound mixing nominees are women – two from Damien Chazelle’s First Man.

“Things are better, but it isn’t changing as fast as I would expect,” said an industry source. “Hopefully the kids coming up will have an easier time of it.”

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