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Hollywood Fires Back at HFPA Over Golden Globes’ Lack of Female Director Nominees: ‘We Need a Boycott’

Two years ago, at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, Natalie Portman incisively chastised the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its exclusion of women in the Best Director category with her snarky presentation of the award. “And here are the all-male nominees,” she said by way of introduction, eliciting a surprised chuckle from co-presenter Ron Howard.   

The GIF of that fateful moment is unfortunately making the rounds again today in the wake of the announcement of the eyebrow-raising 2020 Golden Globes nominations, announced on Monday morning. As always, there were plenty of snubs and surprises. But the absence of women in both the Best Director and Best Screenplay categories in particular has prompted an uproarious response.  

Female directors and writers were responsible for some of the most refreshing, well-received awards contenders this year, including Lorene Scafaria’s energetic, J. Lo-led crime film Hustlers, Lulu Wang’s comedy-drama The Farewell, and Marielle Heller’s feel-good charmer A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Less likely to make waves among the old-school awards establishment, but still absolutely noteworthy are Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart, Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and Mati Diop’s Atlantics. All of this is to say it has been an undeniably stellar year for female filmmakers.       

Perhaps the most unexpected omission from the Director category is Greta Gerwig, whose highly anticipated adaptation of Little Women is expected to debut to warm reviews on Christmas day. Though this will be the 15th (!!!) onscreen adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, Gerwig wholly justifies her version of this story about sisterhood. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet and scene-stealing up-and-comer Florence Pugh, it’s as though the movie were dream-cast by Film Twitter. Gerwig, meanwhile, who proved her worth as a filmmaker back in 2017 with Lady Bird, stays true to the timeless source material while adding a necessarily self-aware twist to the novel’s original ending.