Are you up for one more roundtable before the Oscars telecast this Sunday? THR’s directors roundtable features three of this year’s Oscar-nominated directors: Damiene Chazelle (La La Land), Mel Gibson, in a bit of a comeback for Hacksaw Ridge and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight. We also have Denzel Washington who both stars in and directed Fences, Oliver Stone (Snowden), and Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe), the sole woman. A painful reminder of women’s under-representation, this year women make up just 7% of directors, down 2% from last year. *
I would have loved to have heard from Best Director noms Denis Villeneuve for Arrival and Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea, both being two of my personal faves of the year.
*According to a Women in Film/SDSU study: Women accounted for 7% of directors, down 2 percentage points from 9% in 2015 and 1998. Last year, 92% of films had no female directors. In other roles, women comprised 13% of writers, 17% of executive producers, 24% of producers, 17% of editors, and 5% of cinematographers.
Last year I went through the list of upcoming movies based on books and told you which ones were directed by women. Queen of Katwe directed by Mira Nair was on that list. Would you be interested in my doing that again this year?
Are you looking for ways to be more supportive of women in film?