Great 2019 Films Directed by Women (snubbed by the Golden Globes…again)
Many women felt disappointed when the 2019 Golden Globe nominees came out, because no women were nominated in any of the major categories: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical). Seriously? Could there really be no 2019 films directed by women worthy of nomination? Is the film industry still this behind when it comes to diversity?
Kate Erbland at IndieWire points out that the Golden Globes have never been particularly inclusive of women: the Globes have “only ever nominated five women for Best Director in its 77-year history, with only Barbra Streisand (a two-time nominee) going home with a win for her Yentl.”
Keep in mind that the Golden Globes are decided by about 90 members of the foreign press – it’s not a cross-section of Hollywood, and it’s not even the peers of filmmakers, producers or writers. Awards campaigns also have a significant effect on nominations, as certain studios and distributors have bigger budgets to woo awards voters with special events and swag. Awards sometimes do recognize the best films, but they more accurately recognize the companies and people who played the game of schmoozing most effectively.
Also, awards aren’t everything – many screenwriters and directors have pointed out that nobody should be making art to win awards.
Honey Boy director Alma Har’el tweeted about the Globes’ controversial decision to overlook all 2019 films directed by women:
It’s understandable that people are bummed, since there were plenty of great movies written and directed by women this year. So in the spirit of inspiration, here are some 2019 films directed by women that you should check out:
Little Women (written and directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott)
Based on the classic book,Greta Gerwig’s new take on Little Women retains its 1860s period but plays with timeline, jumping back and forth as it explores the young adult lives of four sisters in New England.
Honey Boy (directed by Alma Har’el, written by Shia LaBeouf)
Shia LaBeouf wrote Honey Boy as a form of therapy while in rehab, exploring the the story of his father. In the film, he plays his father.
Booksmart (directed by Olivia Wilde, written by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman)
Booksmart is a coming-of-age comedy romp about two best friends who have focused on academics in high school and want to have a big night out.
The Farewell (written and directed by Lulu Wang)
The Farewell tells the story of a Chinese-born American woman (played by Awkwafina) who returns to China because her grandmother is on her deathbed – but no one has told her.
Hustlers (written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on the magazine article by Jessica Pressler)
In Hustlers, women who work at a strip club are affected by the 2008 financial crisis and find a creative but illegal way to drum up new business. It’s a surprisingly touching mentor-mentee story.
Queen & Slim (directed by Melina Matsoukas, written by Lena Waithe and James Frey)
In Queen & Slim, a first date goes wrong when two young people are pulled over by cops and end up going on the run.
Clemency (written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu)
Clemency tells the story of a death row prison warden who struggles with the realities of her job.
Which 2019 films directed by women were your favorites? Sound off in the comments!