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  • Titanium
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    Yesterday I watched The Heartbreak Kid, which I enjoyed but found a bit dated. What I found cool was that it had a female director, in 1972! And it got nominations for supporting actor and supporting actress at the Oscars.

    Does anyone know if these were the first Oscar nominated performances directed by a woman?

    Then on reflection I realised there’s surprisingly few performances in general directed by a woman. These are the ones I could think of off the top of my head, which have I missed out?

    Elaine May: (1972) The Heartbreak Kid – Eddie Albert (SA), Jeannie Berlin (SA)

    Randa Haines: (1986) Children of a Lesser God – Marlee Matlin (LA – WON), William Hurt (LA), Piper Laurie (SA)

    Barbara Streisand: (1983) Yentl – Amy Irving (SA)
    (1991) Prince of Tides – Nick Nolte (LA), Kate Nelligan (SA)
    (1996) The Mirror Has Two Faces – Lauren Bacall (SA)

    Penny Marshall: (1988) Big – Tom Hanks (LA)
    (1990) Awakenings – Robert De Niro (LA)

    Jane Campion: (1993) The Piano – Holly Hunter (LA – WON), Anna Paquin (SA – WON)
    (1996) The Portrait of a Lady – Barbara Hershey (SA)

    Kimberly Pierce: (1999) Boys Don’t Cry – Hilary Swank (LA – WON), Chloe Sevigny (SA)

    Patty Jenkins: (2003) Monster – Charlize Theron (LA – WON)

    Sofia Coppolla (2003) Lost In Translation – Bill Murray (LA)

    Catherine Hardwicke: (2003) Thirteen – Holly Hunter (SA)

    Nancy Meyers(2003) Somethings Gotta Give – Diane Keaton (LA)

    Niki Caro: (2003) Whale Rider – Keisha Castle-Hughes (LA)
    (2005) North Country – Charlize Theron (LA), Frances McDormand (SA)

    Tamara Jenkins: (2007) The Savages – Laura Linner (LA)

    Courtney Hunt: (2008) Frozen River – Melissa Leo (LA)

    Kathryn Bigelow: (2009) The Hurt Locker – Jeremy Renner (LA)
    (2012) Zero Dark Thirty – Jessica Chastain (LA)

    Lone Scherfig: (2009) An Education – Carey Mulligan (LA)

    Nora Ephron: (2009) Julie & Julia – Meryl Streep (LA)
     
    Lisa Cholodenko: (2010) The Kids Are All Right – Annette Benning (LA), Mark Ruffalo (SA)

    Debra Granik: (2010) Winter’s Bone – Jennifer Lawrence (LA), John Hawkes (LA)

    Phyllida Lloyd: (2011) The Iron Lady – Meryl Streep (LA -WON) 

    So that’s 6 wins out of 38 performances. Wow, that’s worse than I thought it would be. Bearing in mind that’s 38 performances out of over 1600 performances nominated in total!

    Who have I missed out? And do you guys think this number could increase this year?

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    Sab21
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    Some others that came to my mind:

    Catherine Hardwicke: Holly Hunter in Thirteen (2003)

    Sofia Coppola: Bill Murray in Lost in Translation (2003)

    Nancy Meyers: Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

    Tamara Jenkins: Laura Linney in You Can Count On Me (2007)

    Courtney Hunt: Melissa Leo in Frozen River (2008)

    Lone Scherfig: Carey Mulligan in An Education (2009)

    Nora Ephron: Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia (2009)

    Debra Granik: Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone (2010)
      John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone (2010)

    Phyllida Lloyd: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (2011)

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    Sab21
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    And I completely forgot: 

    Jane Campion: Holly Hunter in The Piano (1993), of course. 

    Streep and Hunter make two additional winners. 

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    Titanium
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    ^^^
    Thank you! Added them to the list now.There was a lot I forgot about I see. Still the overall figure isn’t that promising though.

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    OnTheAisle
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    A few more . . .

    Joan Micklin SIlver: Carol Kane in Hester Street (1975)

    Lina Wertmuller: Giancarlo Giannini in Seven Beauties (1975)

    Lynne Littman: Jane Alexander in Testament (1983)

    Christine Edzard: Alec Guinness in Little Dorrit (1988)

    Euzhan Palcy: Marlon Brando in A Dry White Season (1989)

    Gillian Armstrong: Winona Ryder in Little Women (1994)

    Julie Taymor: Selma Hayak in Frida (2002)

    Patty Jenkins: Charlize Theron in Monster (2003)

    Valerie Faris: Alan Arkin & Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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    Nate
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    I think that this thread was very comprehensive: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/4091

    So I think that this current thread was only missing Laura Dern and Diane Ladd in Rambling Rose by Martha Coolidge, Sean Penn in I Am Sam by Jessie Nelson, and Julie Christie in Away From Her by Sarah Polley

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