The directors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been put on notice. One of the most notorious set of Oscar stats is the fact that during the whole of its 92-year history, the Academy has nominated only five women for best director.
There has never been more than one woman nominated in a given year. And only one — Kathryn Bigelow for 2009's The Hurt Locker — has ever won.
But this year there are more viable female candidates than ever knocking on the door. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Critics Choice Awards have both nominated three of them: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland, her portrait of a wandering woman seeking liberation on the road; Regina King, for One Night in Miami, her account of the meeting.Read more on hollywoodreporter.com