Nominations for the 2018 British Academy Film Awards were announced Tuesday, January 9, and apparently BAFTA voters didn’t get the memo that 2018 was not the year to snub women for Best Director. Female helmers Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Sofia Coppola (“The Beguiled”), Dee Rees (“Mudbound”), Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”), Kathryn Bigelow (“Detroit”) and Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father”) all failed to make the cut at the 2018 BAFTA Awards, a slap in the face to the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements centered around equality in the workplace. Will the Oscars right this wrong by including one or more women in their Best Director lineup?
BAFTA’s five nominated directors are Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”), Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) and Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”). Best Picture lines up four-for-five with Best Director, with Villeneuve taking the place of Joe Wright who was snubbed despite his film “Darkest Hour” being nominated for the top prize.
Del Toro won Best Director at Sunday’s Golden Globes, but his victory was overshadowed by presenter Natalie Portman throwing shade at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for only honoring “all male nominees.” Now that the BAFTA voters have fallen into the same trap, something tells us the ceremony producers won’t be inviting Portman to present.
Of BAFTA’s five Best Picture contenders, only two feature a woman in the lead role: Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water” and Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards.” Notably, “Lady Bird” was snubbed in these two categories, though it did pick up bids for Best Screenplay (Gerwig), Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf).
The BAFTA Awards feature a quirky category that honors the Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, with a pair of female directors being recognized: Rungano Nyoni (“I Am Not a Witch”) and Lucy Cohen (“Kingdom of Us”). See the full list of 2018 BAFTA Awards nominations.
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