Los Angeles Times
FOR WOMEN, BETTER NUMBERS
The female director nominees bump things way up from the previous nine decades.
» Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) are up for this year’s directing Oscar, marking the first time two women have been nominated in a year. Zhao also is the first woman of color nominated in this famously noninclusive category.
» Of all women nominated for directing Oscars were nominated this year: Zhao and Fennell take the total to seven, after Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow and Greta Gerwig.
» The 93-year streak of no Black female directing nominees continues. Although the academy historically loves it when actors direct, Regina King’s accomplishment this season with “One Night in Miami ...” went unacknowledged.
» Of female director nominees (or five of them) have been nominated in the 21st century.
» Likely growth rate this year in the number of Oscar-winning female directors, since Zhao is a heavy favorite. The only female winner was Bigelow, in 2010, for “The Hurt Locker.” — CARLA MEYER