Lets hear it for the ladies shattering the glass ceiling! For the first time in Oscar history we’re seeing not one but TWO women simultaneously nominated for best director.
The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has announced this year’s nominees for the Oscar. The films in the running are those which screened from January 1, 2020, to February 28, 2021. For the first time in history two female directors are simultaneously nominated for best director. This is a win for representation of epic proportions. The women nominated are Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland).
Promising Young Woman:
In Oscar history only five women have been nominated in the best director category. The first woman to ever be nominated was Lina Wertmüller in 1977 for Seven Beauties. The next nomination for a female director wouldn’t emerge until the early 90’s. Chloé Zhao isn’t stopping at breaking the glass ceiling for being one of TWO women nominated for best director. She is also breaking Oscar records as the first woman to receive four nominations in a single year; she is nominated in the film editing, adapted screenplay, director and best picture categories. Emerald Fennell, who is the first woman to be nominated for a feature directorial debut, received three nominations, she is the third woman to do so, along with SofiaCoppola for Lost in Translation and Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King).
For a complete list of this year’s nominees click here.