Beneficial movement for female company directors


Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) are usually up for this year’s directing Oscar, marking the first time two women have been nominated in a year. Zhao also is the first lady of color nominated with this famously noninclusive category.


of all women nominated just for directing Oscars were nominated this year: Zhao and Fennell take the total to seven, after Lina Wertmüller, Her Campion, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow and Greta Gerwig.


of female director candidates (or five of them) have been nominated in the 21st century.


The 93-year streak of no Dark female directing nominees continues. Although the academy historically adores it when actors immediate, Regina King’s accomplishment this season with “One Night in Miami… ” went unacknowledged.



Most likely growth rate this year in the number of Oscar-winning female administrators, since Zhao is a weighty favorite. The only woman to win previously is Bigelow, in 2010, for “The Hurt Locker. ”