This contemplative, outsider’s-eye look at modern America, about a dad and daughter living in the wild, could have been nominated for its acting (Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie are both terrific) or for Debra Granik’s understated, intuitive direction. It wasn’t. For shame, Academy.
Following a disappointing Oscars trend of overlooking female directors in its major categories, none of the Best Director nominations are women, either. Indeed, in the Academy Awards 91-year history, only five women have been nominated in the Best Director category (only Kathryn Bigelow, who was nominated for ‘The Hurt Locker’ in 2010, has won).
But from Debra Granik’s understated ‘Leave No Trace’ and Marielle Heller’s elegant ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ to Lynne Ramsay’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’, this has been a gala year for female-helmed films. So, to celebrate this bounty of talent, we’ve picked five films directed by women that were criminally overlooked by the Oscars.
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