In the 77 year history of the Golden Globes, only five women have ever been nominated for the best director of a motion picture category, but that changes this year.
On February 3rd, the 2021 Golden Globe nominations were announced, including nominees for best director. Regina King, Chloe Zhao, Emerald Fennell, David Fincher, and Aaron Sorkin are up for the award, the first time in Golden Globes history that three women have been nominated. Chloe Zhao is being nominated for her film Nomadland which is also up for Best Drama Motion Picture, Best Screenplay of a Motion Picture, as well as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama (Frances McDormand). Regina King was nominated for her movie One Night in Miami, which is also up
for best original song (Speak Now), and Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (Lesli OdemJr). Emerald Fennell was nominated for her movie Promising Young Woman, which is also up for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Screenplay of a Motion Picture, and Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture (Carey Mulligan). This is an incredible achievement in film history and shows the increasing amount of gender diversity within Hollywood. If one of these women were to win the award, it would make them only second at doing so as the only other woman to take home a Golden Globe for best director was in 1984 when Barbra Streisand took home an award for her film Yentl.