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The Two Female Directors Barbra Streisand Thinks The Golden Globes Should Have Nominated

"Folks, time's up!"

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Barbra Streisand isn't letting the Golden Globes off the hook for its lack of women in the Best Director category this year, and she didn't limit her thoughts to the ceremony. The legendary singer, actress, and director shared exactly which female filmmakers she believes deserved a nomination.


It started when Streisand took the stage to announce the winner of Best Motion Picture - Drama at the awards. She shared a disappointing fact that she'd learned backstage — she's the only woman to ever win the Best Director Golden Globe, for the film Yentl in 1984.

"Folks, time's up!" she said, echoing the empowering slogan of the night to applause from the audience. "We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director. These are so many films out there that are so good directed by women."

Earlier in the ceremony, actress Natalie Portman called out the Best Director category's lack of women as she was presenting the award with Ron Howard, announcing, "Here are the all-male nominees."

Part of the problem is Hollywood's disappointing number of female directors to begin with. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a recent study found that only eight women directed a top 100 movie in 2017. However, there were still several female filmmakers whom many believe deserved a nomination. The most obvious is Greta Gerwig, whose film Lady Bird won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. 

After Sunday's show, Streisand took to Twitter to reiterate the "terrible fact" that not a single woman has won in the category in 34 years, and made sure to mention two women she believed were deserving of a nomination. She praised Dee Rees for her "powerful" Netflix film Mudbound, which earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Mary J. Blige.

Streisand also mentioned Patty Jenkins, whose well-received Wonder Woman was totally shut out of the Golden Globes this year. She posted that the film "shows how strong women can be, not only as characters but also at the box office," pointing out that the top three highest-grossing films of 2017 (including Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast) were "all carried by women."

It was inspiring to see women such as Streisand and Portman calling out these problems of representation during the event itself. As the Time's Up movement and similar initiatives continue to work toward gender equality in the entertainment business, we'll hopefully start seeing a change in Hollywood.

Of course, the Academy Awards still have a chance to give female directors their due, as the 2018 nominations have yet to be announced. Only four women have ever been nominated in the Best Director category, and only one (Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker) has ever won. We'll soon find out if that changes.


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