Academy Awards: Do better by women

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The Academy Award nominations are out, and yet again not a single woman has been nominated for Best Director. This is sadly now something that film lovers like me expect to happen every year, even in a year when there were so many Oscar-worthy female filmmakers.

Directors like Greta Gerwig ( Little Women) Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Lulu Wang (The Farewell) and Melina Matsoukas (Queen and Slim) dominated awards conversations but were still not nominated. 

The Academy is years into a diversity crisis and has taken no meaningful steps to combat how white and male their awards ceremony is. We’re demanding that Academy president David Rubin publicly announce a plan to fix the Oscars diversity problem.

Over the 92-year history of the Academy, only five women have ever been nominated for the top prize. That’s 1%. All of them are white, and only one of them ever won the award. This shouldn’t be normal. We shouldn’t simply expect the total exclusion of half the planet’s population from this award. 

The all-men list of Best Director nominees is not a problem with women directors, it’s a problem with the Academy, and it’s time President Rubin stood up to fix it. 

Sign to ask President Rubin to announce a serious plan to diversify next year’s Oscar nominees at this year’s ceremony.

If the Oscars continue to present themselves as the most important award in film, and as the true representative of the power of cinema, then they must be held accountable for decades of systemic misogyny and the consistent shut-out of women directors.