Los Angeles Times



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

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