Women Directors Were Snubbed at the Globes, but Their Movies Still Have a Shot in the Oscar Race

Things were looking up for women filmmakers in the 2020 awards derby — that is, until the Golden Globes shut out female directors in four major categories, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Drama and Musical/Comedy Motion Picture. At first, it was easy to shrug that off as the latest example of the 90-strong Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s hopeless myopia. No, they do not represent the far more inclusive Academy membership, which has been changing its stripes in recent years.

But what will happen at the Oscars? On the plus side, critics’ groups have given visibility and credibility to two films in the race: popular actress-turned-writer-director Greta Gerwig’s follow-up to Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird,” her adaptation of the American classic “Little Women” (Sony), and Lulu Wang’s original family dramedy “The Farewell” (A24). Both films benefit from strong writing, directing and performances. So it was a shock when the
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