Bafta blasted for hav­ing no fe­male di­rec­tors on short­list

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Susie Coen Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

BAFTA has been crit­i­cised over the ab­sence of women mak­ing this year’s Best Di­rec­tor short­list.

Bri­tish film­mak­ers Christo­pher Nolan and Martin McDon­agh were nom­i­nated yesterday for the cov­eted award for their movies Dunkirk and Three Bill­boards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri.

Also short­listed are Luca Guadagnino for Call Me By Your Name, Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape Of Wa­ter and De­nis Vil­leneuve for Blade Run­ner 2049.

But Greta Ger­wig, di­rec­tor of Lady Bird, was no­tably ab­sent from the short­list – de­spite the film re­ceiv­ing nom­i­na­tions for Orig­i­nal Screen­play, Lead­ing Ac­tress and Sup­port­ing Ac­tress and win­ning two Golden Globes last week. An­gelina Jolie also failed to make the cut for di­rect­ing First They Killed My Fa­ther, nom­i­nated for the cat­e­gory of Film Not in the English

‘Scale of in­equal­ity in film in­dus­try’

Lan­guage. Other fe­male di­rec­tors left off in­clude Lucy Co­hen, who di­rected King­dom of Us, and Rungano Ny­oni for I Am Not A Witch – de­spite both hav­ing made it into the Out­stand­ing De­but by a Bri­tish Writer, Di­rec­tor or Pro­ducer cat­e­gory.

Of all the 2018 Bafta Film nom­i­nees in non- gen­der- spe­cific cat­e­gories, only around 20 per cent are women.

Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman in his­tory to win the Best Di­rec­tor award – for The Hurt Locker in 2010. Bafta boss Amanda Berry told yesterday’s BBC Ra­dio 4 To­day pro­gramme: ‘Well, I have to ad­mit there are no fe­male di­rec­tors in the di­rec­tor cat­e­gory, but there are five fe­male di­rec­tors nom­i­nated else­where’.

Bri­tish ac­tors fared much bet­ter in this year’s short­list, with Gary Old­man, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jamie Bell all up for Lead­ing Ac­tor.

US fan­tasy film Shape of Wa­ter re­ceived the most nom­i­na­tions and could scoop 12 wins. Mean­while only two Brits made the short­list for Lead­ing Ac­tress, Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Wa­ter and Ir­ish-Amer­i­can Saoirse Ro­nan for Lady Bird. They will face US stars An­nette Ben­ing and Frances McDor­mand as well as Aus­tralian star Mar­got Rob­bie.

So­phie Walker, Leader of the Women’s Equal­ity Party, said: ‘It is deeply dis­ap­point­ing that no women have been nom­i­nated in the best di­rec­tor cat­e­gory – all the more so in a year when the scale of in­equal­ity in the film in­dus­try was ex­posed by the #metoo move­ment.’ And Kate Kin­nin­mont, CEO of Women in Film and TV, said: ‘Of course there are far too few films di­rected by women. But this year there have been some ter­rific ex­am­ples – from Won­der Woman, di­rected by Patty Jenk­ins, Lady Bird, writ­ten and di­rected by Greta Ger­wig and Mud­bound di­rected by Dee Rees.’

Nom­i­nee: Aussie Mar­got Rob­bie is up for lead­ing ac­tress

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