PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the first time in its 77-year history, the Golden Globe Awards have nominated a majority of women in the category of Best Director of a Motion Picture.
Last year, there was an uproar when no female directors were nominated. This year, there are three are in the running. Terri Boyer is director of Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University.
"This year is a real record breaker," said Terri Boyer, director of Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University. "Many people have termed it as a big crash through the glass ceiling in the film industry, in that for the first time ever, women are the majority of the nominees in the Best Director category."
In fact, before this year, the Golden Globes only nominated women directors 5 times in it’s 77 year history. The last time a woman was nominated for Best Director was in 2014, when Ava DuVernay was nominated for "Selma."
This year's female nominees are Chloe Zhao for "Nomadland," Regina King for "One Night in Miami," and Emerald Fennell for "Promising Young Woman."
"The other interesting thing from an identity perspective is that two of those women are also women of color," detailed Boyer. "Chloe Zhao is Chinese, and Regina King is Black."
Another part of the dynamic, she said, is that the films these women made are about ongoing social issues: date rape and revenge, racial inequity and injustice, and an aging population facing poverty and few options.
Whether this is a trend or a one-off, Boyer isn't sure. But she is certain this is worth achknowledging.
"That role of director is kind of the epitome of leadership in the film industry. So they're the ones that are literally calling the shots," she explained. "To have women be acknowledged as being best of the best, in this area, at least for this year, is something that we should be talking about."