Jane Campion, who became the third woman to ever win the Oscar for Best Director, joining Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) in 2021 and Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”), was not nominated for a female director in this year's Best Director race.
Sarah Polley was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for her adaptation of "Women Talking," while the film itself is the sole female-directed feature to appear on the 10-film list of Best Picture nominees last year. The film eventually won the Best Picture award.
Gina Prince-Bythewood, a first-time feature filmmaker who directed some of the year's most well-known films, and Chinonye Chukwu, the director of "Till," who was left out on nomination morning.
Lina Wertmüller (1976′s "Seven Beauties"), Sofia Coppola (2003′s "Lost in Translation"), Greta Gerwig (2017′s "Lady Bird"), Emerald Fennell (2020's "Promising Young Woman"), Bigelow, Zhao, and Campion are the only women to be nominated twice for the Academy Awards.
2020 was the first year the Academy gave out nominations to two women in the category, with Zhao winning both Best Director (making her the second woman to win the award after Bigelow) and Best Picture for her role in "Nomandland," while Fennell received the statuette for original screenplay.
No female directors were nominated for Best International Film in 2023, while only two were nominated for Best Documentary Feature in Sara Dosa's Sundance favorite "Fire of Love." In the Best Animated Feature category, "Turning Red" filmmaker Domee Shi was the only female director to be nominated. (Oddly, these are the exact same figures as the 2022 nominations.)
Two women were nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay — Polley for her "Women Talking" and "All Quiet on the Western Front" co-writer Lesley Paterson — but no women made the cut for the Best Original Screenplay race in 2008. Polley was previously nominated in the same category for her adaptation of "Away from Her."
The 95th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 12, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel will return as host for the third time, with the telecast streaming on ABC.com, Hulu Live TV, and YouTubeTV as well as broadcast. Check out the entire list of this morning's nominees right here.