Updated Dec. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ET:
Charlize Theron, Saoirse Ronan, and more stars are reacting to the Golden Globes snubbing female directors in their 2020 nominations. After Theron and Ronan made initial statements on Monday, Ronan and her Little Women co-stars went on the Today show to voice further criticism for director Greta Gerwig not being nominated. Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein also expressed her disappointment — both for Gerwig’s exclusion specifically and the exclusion of numerous other deserving female directors.
On Today, Ronan’s co-star Florence Pugh confirmed that the cast was “shocked” about Gerwig’s exclusion from Golden Globes nominations, while Ronan expanded on her statement from Monday. “[Gerwig] has made one of the best movies of the year,” she told Today host Hoda Kotb. “Laura [Dern] made a really good point yesterday that, in a way, it’s sort of vital for something like this to happen, because it reminds us of how far, obviously, we still need to go.”
“Little Women” stars Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen and @Florence_Pugh talk about the #GoldenGlobes director category controversy, preparing for the sister fights in the movie, relearning how to play piano and approaching the film’s director Greta Gerwig about being in the film! pic.twitter.com/rA6hGN013M
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Feldstein spoke with Variety about the Golden Globes snub, telling them Little Women was “some of the most extraordinary filmmaking I’ve ever seen.” Feldstein had a strong emotional reaction to Gerwig’s film (“I cried for a literal two hours after I saw it,” she told the outlet), but Gerwig isn’t the only director she thinks was unfairly overlooked.
“This is truly a remarkable year for female directors, of course Olivia Wilde and Lulu [Wang] and Alma [Har’el], the list goes on and on,” Feldstein told Variety, listing the directors for Booksmart, The Farewell, and Honey Boy. “Hustlers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, there’s so many beautiful, extraordinary films directed by women, so I wish there was room for them [at the Golden Globes] this year.”
Dec. 9, 6 p.m. ET:
The Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier today, and while many stars like Michael Douglas, Jennifer Aniston, and Jennifer Lopez, were deservedly nominated, there was one category in particular that seemed to have missed the mark. For the fourth year in a row, no female directors had their films nominated for Best Motion Picture — despite female-directed films like Booksmart, The Farewell, and Hustlers all being nominated in other categories. And while actress Charlize Theron is excited to be nominated for Best Actress for her work in Bombshell, she couldn’t help but voice her frustration about the nomination snubs.
While speaking to the Los Angeles Times about the “frustrating” news, the actress revealed, “It’s tough. It’s really, really tough. And I think it gets really frustrating when we have to remember that women directors, especially, are just trying to get their numbers up. They represent 10% of our directors in the industry, and when you have a good year like we had this year with such great work, it is incredibly frustrating.”
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Best Director – Motion Picture: Bong Joon Ho – Parasite; Sam Mendes – 1917; Todd Phillips (@toddphillips1) – Joker; Martin Scorsese (@martinscorsese_) – The Irishman; Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story; Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won – Parasite; Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes; Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood; Steven Zaillian – The Irishman. Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Alexandre Desplat – Little Women; Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker; Randy Newman (@randynewmanofficial) – Marriage Story; Thomas Newman – 1917; Daniel Pemberton – Motherless Brooklyn Best Original Song – “Beautiful Ghosts” – Cats, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber (@andrewlloydwebber) & Taylor Swift (@taylorswift); “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Rocketman, Music by Elton John (@eltonjohn), Lyrics by Bernie Taupin (@bernietaupinofficial); “Into The Unknown” – Frozen 2, Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez; “Spirit” – The Lion King, Music and Lyrics by Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh (@ilya_music), Beyonce (@beyonce); “Stand Up” – Harriet, Music and Lyrics by Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo (@cynthiaerivo).
“No woman wants to get nominated because it’s the right thing to do,” she continued. “It’s really, really ridiculous. It’s not cool.”
Theron isn’t the only one who is angered by the nominations. Several women in Hollywood have started to speak out about the Golden Globe snubs. Saoirse Ronan, who was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Little Women, released a statement to shed light on the film’s director who wasn’t nominated, Greta Gerwig.
“I am eternally grateful to Greta Gerwig for her guidance and partnership, and for her fierce perseverance that brought this incredible cast together and created an environment for us to become a real family and tell this very special story,” she said. “My performance in this film belongs to Greta as much as it does myself and I share this recognition completely with her.”
And now more than ever, Theron feels compelled to speak out in defense of these women who deserve recognition for their incredible work. “It’s why we can’t stop this fight. We gotta keep making noise until we’re heard and these stories get recognized,” she said.