“Once again, the Academy has shown that it does not value women's voices by excluding us from nominations for Best Director,” the statement read.
The American organization Women In Film, which defends equal opportunities in the seventh art, has indeed denounced in an official message, relayed by
on Tuesday January 24, the absence of women among the Oscar nominees of the best achievement.
However, this category is mixed, recalls the association.
"An Oscar is more than a golden statue, it's a career accelerator," insists Women in Film.
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Five men for one category
This year, it is indeed the directors Martin McDonagh (
The Banshees of Inisherin
), Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schweinert (
Everything Everywhere All At Once
), Steven Spielberg (
), Todd Field (
) and Ruben Östlund (
Triangle of Sadness
) who will compete in this category.
Yet Sarah Polley, who directed
, Maria Schrader, who helmed
or Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed
The Woman King
, might have fit into this category.
The directors are also conspicuous by their absence in the best films section.
Of the ten feature films in competition, only
is named there.
An imbalance that gave birth to the hashtag #OscarsSoMale (Oscars too masculine).
A lack of diversity
“You would think that they were going to put at least the name of a director to close the door for us, but no”, notably ironically journalist Sophie Vershbow on Twitter.
points out , only seven women have claimed the title of Best Female Director in Oscar history.
Three of them won this prize: Kathryn Bigelow, in 2010, Chloé Zhao, in 2020, and Jane Campion, in 2022.
This is also not the first time that the Oscars have been accused of discrimination.
In 2016, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite (Oscars too white) was thus born, pointing to the lack of diversity of the ceremony.
France may experience the same controversy, since the list of nominees for the Césars was unveiled this Wednesday, January 25.
No women are in the Best Achievement category.
Internet users particularly deplored the absence of Alice Winocour (
), Rebecca Zlotowski (
Les enfants des autres
) and Alice Diop (
) among the nominees.