The Golden Globes made headlines back in 2018 when Natalie Portman called out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the lack of female nominees. While presenting the award for best director, she added, “Here are the all-male nominees” at the end. Three years later, in 2021, the HFPA has nominated not one but three female directors for the category.
Early on Wednesday morning Taraji P. Henson and Sarah Jessica Parker went live with HFPA president Ali Sar to announce the nominees for the 78th annual Golden Globes. “Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”), Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) and Regina King (“One Night in Miami”) David Fincher (“Mank”) and Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7″)” are all the nominees for best director.
This is the first time in history that more than one woman has been nominated at the same time for the best director category. In fact, they have only nominated five women in 92 years, Lina Wertmüller (in 1976 for “Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (in 1993 for “The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (in 2003 for “Lost in Translation”), Kathryn Bigelow (in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker”), and Greta Gerwig (2017’s “Lady Bird”).
The HFPA is dedicated to rewriting history this year with the diverse representation in all categories. Chloe Zhao being the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for best director, and Regina King the second black woman to be nominated (following Ava DuVernay).
The show will air on February 28th on NBC at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. The ceremony will broadcast from two different locations due to the global pandemic. Tina Fey will host live from the Rainbow Room in New York City, and Amy Poehler will be live from the Beverly Hilton in California.
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