Just another list of all-male nominees for an awards ceremony
One thing I think we can all agree on – Little Women and Bafta have opposite views on men. The book and film sees males in a dim light, while Bafta observes them as an almighty and superior gender.
I’ve barely come to terms with the Golden Globes handing Sam Mendes the gong for Best Director – from a lush list of all-male nominees – on Sunday. Today, nominations for the 73rd British Academy Film Awards have been announced, and we are forced to digest Bafta’s Best Director shortlist, which snubs the wonderfully talented Greta Gerwig for her role reimagining 1868 classic novel Little Women.
Why is she missing from the line-up? Well, Bafta has defended its decision, with deputy chairman Krishnendu Majumdar pointing out Greta could still be a winner in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, as she wrote Little Women as well as directing it.
But Greta has been overlooked in the Best Director category – and this a repeated problem in the entertainment industry.
Instead, the five directors on the shortlist are Sam Mendes (for 1917), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood) and Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite).
The movie is the eighth feature film adaptation of the period novel, which follows the four feisty March sisters – Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth – as they navigate life into adulthood.