What were they thinking?
Golden Globes snubs are inevitable, but the nominee choices for one category this year feel so tone deaf you can’t help but wonder if every member of the HFPA has spent the last six months hiding under a rock.
Three movies arguably dominated the conversation in 2017: Jordan Peele’s extraordinary Get Out, with its uncomfortable examination of liberal racism, Patty Jenkins’ box-office smashing Wonder Woman, the highest grossing live action film directed by a woman, and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, a film that’s yet to come out here but is already the best-reviewed movie of all time.
But would you know any of this looking at the Best Director nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes? You would not. After a year that’s seen one of the most exciting and diverse pool of directors – possibly ever – the Best Director shortlist is a line up of white men:
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All The Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
True, Get Out and Lady Bird have received nods in other categories – including Best Screenplay for Greta Gerwig. But after a year of #MeToo, a mix of genders and races in the Best Director category – one that’s always been so heavily dominated by white men – feels like a pretty small ask, doesn’t it? The common excuse that there are so few black and female directors to pick from simply doesn’t wash in a year of Jordan Peele, Patty Jenkins, Dee Rees and Greta Gerwig.