Everyone applauded as Natalie Portman called out the "all-male nominees" for best director at the Golden Globes. People were infuriated that the women who directed several top-notch movies, like Lady Bird and Wonder Woman, were snubbed.
According to Steven Spielberg, though, women will have their time to shine during the Oscars. He was one of the five men nominated for the Golden Globes, but was ultimately beat out by Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. Spielberg commented on the controversy, saying that there are some amazing female directors out there right now, specifically naming Wonder Woman, Mudbound, and Lady Bird.
“There’s also a watershed happening right now, slowly, maybe not fast enough, for women directors...This is a pretty incredible year, and I think you’ll be seeing some nominations. I’m predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, if not several.” the famous director said.
Spielberg also weighed in on the discussion of sexual harassment and abuse in the media that ultimately led to the movement that was Time's Up at the Golden Globes. He called the move to raise awareness for sexual assault in Hollywood a “powerful, a watershed for women, a watershed for men, who will learn to listen or those who have been listening.”
No award should ever be awarded on the basis of Gender, Race or any stupid reason. Awards should ONLY BE GIVEN TO THE BEST IN THAT CATEGORY PERIOD. This isn't make up awards, if a woman is the best director, that the only reason to win.— Cathy (@CathyRobertsonF) January 10, 2018
Completely agree. I’m all for more women directors being nominated, but quality should not be compromised.— Diane Blumenthal (@televamp) January 11, 2018
In honoring female directors, Is the message quality work or is it something else.. if one excels, one should be recognized for their excellence not their sex..— Deplorable Drac (@drachman56) January 10, 2018
No doubt in my mind Greta Gerwig and Dee Rees get nominations— Calvin Jones (@clavinfc) January 11, 2018
Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Dee Rees (Mudbound). That’s several.— Rich McCracken (@richmcsanfran) January 10, 2018
Im predicting it to be the snooze- fest it’s always been— Little Annie Bandez (@littleannieb) January 11, 2018
Hoping for a future where those who deserve a win get one.
H/T - Entertainment Weekly