Director Guild embraces women, minorities in awards nominations

75th Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals – Beverly Hills
75th Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals – Beverly Hills, California, U.S., 07/01/2018 – Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

January 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood directors nominated a woman and two people of color for their 2018 movie awards on Thursday in a line-up that favored newcomers over veterans like Steven Spielberg.

“Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig was among four first-time nominees announced by the Directors Guild of America (DGA), one of the most influential groups in Hollywood because many of its members also are voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which chooses the Oscars.

Only one woman – Kathryn Bigelow – has ever won a best director Oscar despite efforts by women to make inroads into behind the camera positions in Hollywood in recent years. Several Latino men and Taiwan’s Ang Lee have won the award.

Gerwig, 34, was joined by Mexican Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water,” black first-time director Jordan Peele for racial horror satire “Get Out,” and Britain’s Martin McDonagh for dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” British director Christopher Nolan won a fourth DGA nomination for his war drama “Dunkirk.”

Spielberg, whose press freedom movie “The Post” attracted strong Oscar buzz last month, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, and Italian Luca Guadagnino, whose gay romance “Call Me by Your Name” is high on critics’ list, were all passed over by the DGA.

Peele, 38, got a second nomination in the first-time director category for “Get Out,” along with “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, who made his directorial feature film debut with drama “Molly’s Game.”

All five of the DGA nominees also won nods last week from the Producers Guild of America (PGA), which also has a track record of honoring the movie that goes on to win best picture at the Academy Awards, the industry’s top prize.

In addition, the PGA recognized “The Post”, “The Big Sick,” “Wonder Woman, “I, Tonya,” “Molly’s Game” and “Call Me by Your Name” on its 2018 nominations list.

The DGA announces its winners on Feb 3. Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 23 and the Academy Awards ceremony takes place in Hollywood on March 4.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

  • frederick@dreamerchant.com

    “Only one woman – Kathryn Bigelow – has ever won a best director Oscar despite efforts by women to make inroads into behind the camera positions in Hollywood in recent years. Several Latino men and Taiwan’s Ang Lee have won the award.”

    The above quote structures the article affirming how “diversity” defined by gender (or race) and not ethnicity. Waiting for each “group” to get its turn at bat is not a faur chance for the individual. It should be based on merit and parity.

    Diversity is being undermind by current events.

  • melmack 1

    Doesn’t matter if they are good or not. They MUST be a minority, black or brown, and then add female. What a s…-house world we have been forced into by the tail wagging the dog…

  • Guardrail

    The Director Guild embraces hatred, bigotry, and prejudice against White Males.

  • Jock E Shift

    The old saw about the squeaky wheel getting the grease is still true.

  • Dell Wilber

    …and, of course they do…

  • “I’m a Rooster!”

    These “people” in Hollywood just can’t help glorifying themselves. It’s really getting old.

    • Sheriff Bart

      Tell me about. So much ego stoking , praise me , look at me, etc… yuk

  • Corky Romano

    Embraced whether they actually deserve it or not… Why don’t they just give participation trophies out to everyone there?

    • “I’m a Rooster!”

      Actually, living here and witnessing things other states don’t see, they do receive awards. Also, they receive a “star” on the Hollywood walk of fame. No history of acting required. Just be present.

  • Widl Man

    Go f’off Hollywood and your ass kissing ways. What a bunch of morons; always gotta be politically correct over your own common sense.

  • Houtex77

    “Embraced” = caved into political correctness.

    • HarryObrian

      Everyone gets a participation trophy.
      Actually in the lower class tiers of the anti-American liberal caste system the newer buzz word is ‘uplifting’. Many liberal shrinks are using this term to control their patients who have become triggered by everyday real life. They are basically telling them to keep their heads in the sand and only seek ‘uplifting’ experiences. Ironically and hypocritically this applies even when their patients are overly aggressive and offensive liberals trying to have their cake and eat it too.
      Liberalism is a disease created by the need to control yet the inability to do so.

      • Living in the Times

        Hysterical. Your analogies are comical but you make a great point when you say “They are basically telling them to keep their heads in the sand and only seek ‘uplifting’ experiences.” In other words don’t deal with reality as an adult…go have some fun…oh brother. Another reason why true scientists say psychology is a joke!

    • Living in the Times

      Exactly. Hollywood is dead and gone compared to what it use to be….not that it was ever moral and upstanding, but at least they did their jobs which is to entertain. They left the politics to the politicians. No one cares what an actor thinks regarding politics…no more than they care what I think.

      • HarryObrian

        The decay of Hollyweird and it’s movement into politics is a side effect from the 4th estate being married to and involved with so many politicians, coupled with a politicians need for money supplied by the rich of hollyweird.
        There is also the influence of the 60’s children of many communists that were missed by McCarthy.

  • C B

    And The War Against White Males Continues ! ………………..

  • Deny

    So if you’re winning an award because you’re BLACK or a WOMAN…are you REALLY winning an award???????

    • HarryObrian

      Woa, too much reality there Deny, fortunately they’ll never figure it out…

  • AtomicFury

    I love the smell of tokenism in the morning.

  • Widl Man

    Go f’off Hollywood and your ass kissing ways. What a bunch of Pu$$ies

  • marcthepig

    And the award for Best Minority Woman goes to……………………………

  • Bananas

    Barf

  • Living in the Times

    Ahhh Hollyweird…so PC and shallow. Funny that women or minorities were never an issue with them until now after all of the harassment and minority complaints. So obvious!!!!