Little Women director Greta Gerwig has expressed anger that she and other female filmmakers missed out on Golden Globe Awards nominations.
The 36-year-old star was the most notable absentee from the all-male list of Best Director nominees when it was announced last week (ends December 15, 2019), with other hotly tipped women, Marielle Heller and Alma Har’el also missing out.
Addressing her snub in an interview with BBC Radio 4 presenter Martha Kearney, Greta expressed her displeasure that Hollywood Foreign Press Association members hadn’t nominated her or any of her female peers for a directing Golden Globe.
“It’s a real bummer,” she said. “There’s so much beautiful work by women this year that you’d love to see it acknowledged by anyone who has trophies to give out. You’d hope they’d give them to some ladies.”
She later added: “I don’t know what the solution is. The work is great.”
Little Women’s star Saoirse Ronan also spoke of having a bad experience with a male director in the past, and explained that it convinced her that Greta was the right person to bring Louisa May Alcott’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story to the screen.
“I noticed that he wouldn’t stop talking, even though we were trying to discuss a shot we were doing,” the Irish actress said, before adding: “So much of Little Women and Jo’s journey in particular is this battle just to be heard.”
In the absence of Greta, Bong Joon-ho, Sam Mendes, Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino will compete for the Best Director prize at the 77th Golden Globe Awards in January.