Charlize Theron says all that glitters isn’t gold with the Golden Globes. She took the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to task for failing to nominate any women in the best director category this year.
The awards were announced Monday (Dec. 9) and sparked the usual backlash over perceived snubs of actors, films, and directors.
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The Globes has always struggled with credibility problems because of a history of odd nominations and allegations of corruption.
In this case, Theron says it’s “unfair” and “really ridiculous” that no female directors are up for an award.
The 44-year-old star was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in “Bombshell,” which, incidentally, was directed by a man, Jay Roach.
She said it was “really frustrating” that female filmmakers have been snubbed.
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This year’s nominees include Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”), Sam Mendes (“1917”) and Todd Phillips (“Joker”).
Female directors have long been underrepresented in Hollywood. Last year, only 8 percent of the top 250 were helmed by a woman, according to The Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film.
Those overlooked by the Globes include Marielle Heller, who directed the critically acclaimed movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” the film received a 95 rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews.
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Greta Gerwig, who directed the highly anticipated remake of Louisa May Alcott’s book, “Little Women,” was also passed over.
The movie, which hits theaters on Christmas Day, includes an all-star ensemble cast: Saorise Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Chris Cooper, Louis Garrel, Abby Quinn, and Meryl Streep.
Elizabeth Banks pulled quadruple duty as actress, writer, producer, director for the reboot of the “Charlie’s Angels” franchise. The cast includes Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, Djimon Hounsou and Patrick Stewart.
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Asked how she feels about the fact that no female directors were nominated, she told the The Los Angeles Times: “It’s tough. It’s really, really tough.
“And I think it gets really frustrating when we we have to remember that women directors, especially, are just trying to get their numbers up.
“They represent 10 per cent of our directors in the industry, and when you have a good year like we had this year with such great work, it is incredibly frustrating.
“No woman wants to get nominated because it’s the right thing to do. It’s really, really ridiculous. It’s not cool.
“It’s really hard, and I think it’s unfair, and it’s why we can’t stop this fight.
“We gotta keep making noise until we’re heard and these stories get recognized.”
In her award category, Theron is up against Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”) and Renée Zellweger (“Judy”).
“Marriage Story” leads the Golden Globes nominations with six nods, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor in a Motion Picture and Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Adam Driver and Johansson.