It’s no secret that the Academy Awards has often functioned like a (white) boys’ club for American motion pictures. And while the Academy has tried to spread the love in recent years (quite slowly we might add), one area in which we need to see some positive changes is the Best Director category.
After Bong Joon-ho became the first South Korean to win the prize for Parasite, two women won the Oscar for Best Director two years in a row: Chloé Zhao and Jane Campion. But now, the Academy has snubbed female directors (once again) from the 2023 nominations.
Since the first golden statuettes were handed out in 1929, the Oscars have recognized the directors of 400+ different movies. Among those films, only eight of them were directed by women. On top of that, among the directors and directing teams that have taken home the trophy, only THREE women have ever been awarded the prize.
So, before we finish our ballots and tune into the Oscars on March 12, we wanted to recognize those eight groundbreaking women who have been honored for their directing talents (and also acknowledge all the talent that’s been overlooked for decades). We have compiled a list of these nominees’ movies and where you can stream them online.