The Oscars Need to Start Recognizing Female Directors

The future of cinema is female!

Sunday at the 92nd Academy Awards, Natalie Portman showed solidarity with the critically acclaimed female directors who were snubbed in the male-dominated Best Director category.

Over the top of her Dior dress, the “Jackie” actress wore a cape embroidered with the names of filmmakers such as Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Mati Diop (“Atlantics”), Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”), Alma Har'el (“Honey Boy”) and Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”).

On Monday’s episode of “The Real,” “Extra” correspondent Cheslie Kryst commended Portman’s powerful statement about women artists in Hollywood.

“It’s beautiful. I really like that not only is it this gorgeous gown, it also makes an incredible impact and statement,” Miss USA 2019 exclaimed.

To make sure the Oscars promote equality, Loni Love recommends that the Academy create a category specifically for female auteurs.

“I do think, though, that they have to start recognizing women directors,” the comic remarked. “I would suggest that they make a category for female directors, just like they have female actresses. There are too many great females that are being overlooked.”

After winning for Best Supporting Actress, “Marriage Story” star Laura Dern offered to give her Oscar to Gerwig, who directed Dern in “Little Women.”

“If I could give this Oscar to Greta Gerwig, I would do it right now,” Dern told the press room.

Laura also gave nods to Wang and Har'el for the “beautiful films” they created.

Dern continued, “And Lulu. I mean, there are so many beautiful films. I met the director of ‘Honey Boy’ yesterday at the Independent Spirit Awards. There are great films. I think that our lens should focus, perhaps, less on the lack of accolades and more on the less — the less opportunity that there is, and even more so the lack of second chances given to female voices."

“The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow remains the only woman to win Best Director at the Oscars.


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