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7 Award-Winning Female Directors Who Haven't Made the Oscar Ballot

7 Award-Winning Female Directors Who Haven't Made the Oscar Ballot
When Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) received an Oscar nomination for best director last month, she became only the fifth woman in history to be nominated. Since its inception in 1929, female nominees for best director have consisted of Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties, 1977), Jane Campion (The Piano, 1994), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, 2004) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker); only Bigelow has won.

Much of the blame rests on the systemic lack of opportunities for female directors. In 2017, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, women comprised 18 percent of all directors,...
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Oscars 2018: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would like to thank the academy, but Ellen DeGeneres plays her off [Watch]

Oscars 2018: Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) would like to thank the academy, but Ellen DeGeneres plays her off [Watch]
“Oh God, doesn’t this feel like bad karma?” asked “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig when Ellen DeGeneres invited her to practice her Oscar acceptance speech on February 12 on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Gerwig didn’t want to tempt fate by trying out a speech on national television — Oscar voting doesn’t even start until February 22 — but DeGeneres assured her, “You’re actually manifesting it.” DeGeneres also agreed to whittle or macrame an Oscar for Gerwig just in case she’s jinxed by her premature speech, “so I guess I’m a winner either way.” But not two words into Gerwig’s speech DeGeneres started to play her off. Gerwig barely had time to thank the academy and her parents — she didn’t even get to Jesus. Watch above.

Gerwig is nominated twice this year: Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for her coming-of-age comedy about a teenage girl (Saoirse Ronan
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Women At The Oscars: 90 Years Of Academy Snubs

There’s just a few weeks to go until the 90th Academy Awards are upon us. It’s been a great year for film, the likes of The Shape Of Water, Darkest Hour, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Post gracing our screens in the last twelve months, all of which feature heavily amongst this year’s nominations.

Nominated in the best director category this year is none other than Greta Gerwig, the actress turned filmmaker whose debut feature Lady Bird is also up for best feature. But did you know that Gerwig is only the fifth female to secure a best director nomination from the Academy? The folks over at Betway Insider have put together a ‘Women At The Oscars: A History of Academy Snubs’ feature, from which we took that fact – the other four nominees are Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties,
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Christopher Nolan or Greta Gerwig will snatch DGA Award from Guillermo del Toro, our top Users declare

Christopher Nolan or Greta Gerwig will snatch DGA Award from Guillermo del Toro, our top Users declare
Saturday’s Directors Guild Awards will mark a shift in the directing race if some of our top Users are correct. Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) is the favorite to take both the DGA and the Oscar, but he needs to watch out for not one but two people for the former first.

While del Toro is the DGA pick of all of our Experts and Editors, three of our Top 24 Users, who topped last year’s predictions, are going with Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”): Kevin Li, Felipe Bandeira and Alvaro Zuniga. Nolan also has the backing of two of our All-Star 24 Users, who have the best scores from the past two years: Sagand and GusCruz. Meanwhile, Top 24 User Sam Coffey and All-Star 24 User Brulash82 are calling an upset for Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”). Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), the frontrunner for Best First-Time Director,
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Oscars 2018: Will Greta Gerwig, Emily V. Gordon or Vanessa Taylor be 1st woman in 10 years to win Best Original Screenplay?

Oscars 2018: Will Greta Gerwig, Emily V. Gordon or Vanessa Taylor be 1st woman in 10 years to win Best Original Screenplay?
The Academy Awards have every reason to boast about their diversity and inclusion of women this year. Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”) and Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”) are among the nominees for Best Original Screenplay. However, women have been drastically underrepresented among winners, and no woman has won either writing category in 10 years.

To date only 16 women have ever won an Oscar for writing, starting with Frances Marion, who won Best Original Story for “The Big House” (1930) and “The Champ” (1931). Then Muriel Box became the first woman to win Best Original Screenplay when she prevailed with her co-writer and husband Sydney Box for “The Seventh Veil” (1945).

But you have to fast-forward another 46 years before any woman won this category solo: Callie Khouri for her classic screenplay for “Thelma & Louise” (1991). Two years later, Jane Campion would also take home Original Screenplay for “The Piano
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Sundance: Why the First Indie TV Section Was a Success Despite Low Sales and Sparse Crowds

In 2018, everyone knows what happens at a Sundance film premiere. Fervor builds for weeks leading up to the screening. Tickets are a hot commodity. If the movie is well-received, word-of-mouth spreads (or, these days, word-of-Twitter), screenings are added, and the cycle starts over. After all, each film could be the next big sale or even next year’s Oscar favorite — everyone wants to see it.

So when Tonya Glanz stared at a half-empty theater following a screening of her series “The Adulterers” and half-jokingly asked, “Are there any buyers in the house?” the subsequent silence seemed like a deafening answer. Part of Sundance’s first-ever Indie Episodic program, which highlighted TV pilots, premieres, and short-form series, “The Adulterers” was one of the best of the fest, but it didn’t generate the same festival frenzy as its film counterparts.

Read More:The Best Indie TV Series at Sundance — That Still
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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Crystal Moselle — “Skate Kitchen”

Skate Kitchen”: Layla Hancock Piper (Cmpr)

Crystal Moselle is best known for her Sundance Grand Jury Prize award-winning documentary “The Wolfpack.” She served as producer on “Excavating Taylor Mead,” and in the last decade she has worked with short-form storytelling for publications such as Vice and The New York Times. Most recently she directed a documentary short series for National Geographic entitled “Our Dream of Water” about women dealing with water crisis in Haiti, Peru, and Kenya.

Skate Kitchen” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Cm: I worked for over a year with a group of real teenage skateboarder girls to create a film that was semi based on their lives.

The film follows an introverted teenage girl whose life completely changes when she meets an all-female crew of New York City skateboarders named “The Skate Kitchen.
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Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) makes Oscars history as 5th female Best Director nominee: Will she become only the 2nd winner?

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Greta Gerwig (‘Lady Bird’) makes Oscars history as 5th female Best Director nominee: Will she become only the 2nd winner?
Make no mistake about it: the Academy Awards are the ultimate boys club. In the entire history of the ceremony, there had only been four women nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. But on Tuesday morning that number jumped to five when Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) heard her name called as Best Director. (See list of 2018 Oscar nominations.) Below, our writer Kevin Jacobsen looks back at the four previous female director Oscar nominees. Might Gerwig be the second female champion after Kathryn Bigelow accepted the honor for “The Hurt Locker” eight years ago?

Gerwig earned stellar reviews for her solo directorial debut “Lady Bird,” a coming-of-age story starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf as a complex daughter and mother. The Critics’ Choice Awards and Directors Guild Awards nominated Gerwig as Best Director, and she even won the National Board of Review.

This was a standout year for female directors,
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5 Ways 2018 Oscar Nominees Are Making History

5 Ways 2018 Oscar Nominees Are Making History
In a year that has seen Hollywood plagued by controversy and scrutinized for both its hypocrisy and its attempts at progress, Tuesday's Oscar nominations came as a hopeful signifier of changes to come.

The nominations, which were announced live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills early Tuesday, revealed some serious milestones for the industry. Below, five ways that this year's nominations are making Hollywood history.

1. Greta Gerwig is the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director category in eight years, and the fifth overall. The Lady
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Why Best Director Is the Most Important Oscar Category This Year

The 2018 Academy Award nominees have been revealed, and we've already discovered which category is the one to watch at this year's Oscars: best director. While there are some very interesting nominees, including Meryl Streep's 21st nomination for her role in The Post, it's the best director category that has the most potential to make real waves in Hollywood. Here's the rundown: Guillermo del Toro is up for The Shape of Water, which has 13 total nominations this year. Christopher Nolan is up for his work on Dunkirk, while Paul Thomas Anderson was nominated for Phantom Thread. The two biggest names however, at least when it comes to the history books, are Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird and Jordan Peele for Get Out. Gerwig is only one of five women to ever be up for best director, and equally as surprising is the fact that Peele is only the fifth black
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Oscar Noms: Greta Gerwig Up for Best Director, “Mudbound’s” Dee Rees & Rachel Morrison Make History

“Lady Bird” scored a Best Picture nod despite the fact that it’s not about an old, white, male historical figure

Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is moving up from her high school production of “Merrily We Roll Along” all the way to the Academy Awards. Oscar nominations are in, and Greta Gerwig’s universally acclaimed coming-of-age drama scored five nods including Best Director. Gerwig is the fifth woman ever nominated in the category. She follows in the footsteps of Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), and Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”).

Lady Bird” is also up for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Actress in a Leading Role (Saoirse Ronan), and Actress in a Supporting Role (Laurie Metcalf). According to the Academy, “Lady Bird” is the 13th film helmed by a woman to be up for Best Picture, and the fourth film written and directly
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Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More

Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More
We all expected Guillermo del Toro’s Producers Guild Awards and Critics Choice winner “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight) to lead the field; with 13 nominations, it nabbed support across the Academy. However, this is an unpredictable year and Academy voters leaned into inclusion, turned away from James Franco, and delivered some surprise Oscar nominations.

The love for “The Shape of Water” included the dominant Actors branch, which nominated Sally Hawkins and Oscar perennial Octavia Spencer (her third nomination ties with Viola Davis for most for a black actress). Despite its lack of a SAG ensemble nod, this charming fairy-tale romance between an Amphibian Man and a mute cleaning woman should dominate the Oscars March 4 with a Best Picture win.

Searchlight had a good day with a total 20 nominations, as Film4’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” considered a Best Picture frontrunner after its SAG Ensemble win, scored seven nominations including Picture,
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Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More

Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More
We all expected Guillermo del Toro’s Producers Guild Awards and Critics Choice winner “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight) to lead the field; with 13 nominations, it nabbed support across the Academy. However, this is an unpredictable year and Academy voters leaned into inclusion, turned away from James Franco, and delivered some surprise Oscar nominations.

The love for “The Shape of Water” included the dominant Actors branch, which nominated Sally Hawkins and Oscar perennial Octavia Spencer (her third nomination ties with Viola Davis for most for a black actress). Despite its lack of a SAG ensemble nod, this charming fairy-tale romance between an Amphibian Man and a mute cleaning woman should dominate the Oscars March 4 with a Best Picture win.

Searchlight had a good day with a total 20 nominations, as Film4’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” considered a Best Picture frontrunner after its SAG Ensemble win, scored seven nominations including Picture,
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2018 Oscars trivia: 15 Fascinating facts, figures and milestones

2018 Oscars trivia: 15 Fascinating facts, figures and milestones
With his farewell film, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis could break the record for most wins by an actor while Meryl Streep, who just extended her nominations record with bid #21, could match the achievement of four-time winner Katharine Hepburn.

Below, we offer up 13 more facts, stats, and figures regarding this year’s Academy Awards nominees announced on Jan. 23. Winners of the 24 competitive races at the Oscars will be revealed on March 4 during a live telecast on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

Lucky 13?

The Shape of Water” is the tenth film in Oscar history to earn 13 nominations. The current record of 14 nominations is held by three films, “All about Eve” (1951), “Titanic” (1998) and “La La Land” (2017)

Best Actor mainstay

With his sixth Best Actor Oscar nomination, Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”) is now tied with Richard Burton for recognition in the category.
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Oscars: ‘Lady Bird’s’ Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Nominated for Best Director

Oscars: ‘Lady Bird’s’ Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Nominated for Best Director
With her best-director Oscar nomination Tuesday, “Lady Bird” helmer Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman to be recognized by the film Academy’s directors branch. She joined Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) in the unfortunately exclusive club.

The recognition comes on the heels of a nomination from the Directors Guild of America, where Gerwig became the ninth woman ever to receive a theatrical nomination.

On a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast, Gerwig spoke about this moment for female filmmakers. “Between Patty Jenkins and Sofia Coppola and Maggie Betts and Kathryn Bigelow and Angelina Jolie — the number of women who are making really interesting films and the desire to shine a spotlight on them and us and women producers and directors and filmmakers and executives, that’s the thing I’m heartened by,” Gerwig said.

It’s impossible
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Oscars 2018: Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele Make History With Best Director Nominations

Oscars 2018: Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele Make History With Best Director Nominations
Where the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards have failed, the Oscars have succeeded. Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele have both been nominated for Best Director at the 90th Academy Awards. The two will face off against Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”), and Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”). The latter has won the award at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards this year.

Gerwig’s nomination makes her only the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director in the Academy Awards’ 90-year history, following Lina Wertmüller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppla (“Lost in Translation”), and Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). Bigelow remains the sole female winner in the category as of now.

Read More:2018 Oscar Nominations List: ‘The Shape of Water’ Dominates, ‘Phantom Thread’ Surprises for Best Picture

Peele, meanwhile, joins John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Lee Daniels (“Precious”), Steve McQueen
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Every Female Director Nominated for an Oscar, From Lina Wertmuller to Greta Gerwig (Photos)

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Every Female Director Nominated for an Oscar, From Lina Wertmuller to Greta Gerwig (Photos)
“Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig becomes only the fifth woman nominated by the Academy in the directing category. Lina Wertmuller, “Seven Beauties” (1976) • The first woman ever nominated in the category was this Italian director for a drama about an Italian solider who deserted the army during WWII and is sent a German prison camp. She lost to John G. Avildsen for “Rocky.” Jane Campion, “The Piano” (1993) • The Australian director won an Oscar for her original screenplay for the period drama but lost the directing prize to Steven Spielberg for “Schindler’s List.” Sofia Coppola, “Lost in Translation” (2003) • ...
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2018 Oscar Nominations Are Here

2018 Oscar Nominations Are Here
The Shape of Water has swept the 2018 Oscar nominations with 13 noms, including Best Picture and Best Director. And Get Out didn't disappoint with noms for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor-director Andy Serkis, joined by Academy President John Bailey, announced the 90th Academy Awards nominations today (January 23) live from the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy's digital platforms, a satellite feed and broadcast media. Haddish and Serkis announced the nominees in 11 categories at 5:22 a.m. Pt, with pre-taped category introductions by Academy members Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon, Rebel Wilson and Michelle Yeoh. Haddish and Serkis announced the remaining 13 categories at 5:38 a.m. Pt.

At 5:22 a.m. Pst, the nominees were announced in the following categories: Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling,
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The Indie TV Dream: Here Are the Ambitions and Realities Facing Sundance’s First Full TV Section

Before Sundance fully embraced television, it was already making small screen dreams come true.

“Last year, our wildest dream coming into the Episodic Short Form program was to sell our web series to television, and that’s exactly what happened,” Josh Feldman and Shoshannah Stern said to IndieWire.

Feldman and Stern created a series called “The Chances” that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It’s returning to Sundance in 2018, but this time as a fully-fledged TV show with distribution, a full first season in the can, and an official release date — February 14, 2018.

“That web series was picked up from Sundance last year by Sundance Now, developed out from its short-form to a long-form of 22-minute episodes […] and they’ve already shot the first season,” Sundance programmer Charlie Sextro said in an interview with IndieWire. “So we’re showing that in our independent series, because it’s Sundance Now, but
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2018 Next Section Sundance Trading Card Series: #4. Markus Mentzer (Clara’s Ghost)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2017 discoveries”.

Markus Mentzer: William Eggleston

Courtney and Kurt “Lotta Sea Lice”

Melvin and Howard (1980)

Eric Lavallee: Dating back to Jane Campion’s In the Cut, professionally speaking, you’ve been on loads of film sets, but here with Clara’s Ghost I imagine you were witness to a rare, true family dynamic synergy not only in performance but in location as well.

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