Feminists are hissing at the moon again over the dearth of female directors present in this year's Golden Globe Awards nominees. Of the women they proposed, only one deserves the label "snubbed."
Here are the Best Director nominations:
- Guillermo del Toro: The Shape of Water
- Martin McDonagh: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Christopher Nolan: Dunkirk
- Ridley Scott: All The Money in the World
- Steven Spielberg: The Post
Like Meryl Streep's pick-me-up nomination for Best Actress, the Hollywood Foreign Press included Spielberg on their list of potentials for no other reason than because of his name, not to mention his movie's childish worldview that left-wing reporters are America's first defense against tyranny.
That means feminists have one snub in the Best Director category to complain about. Obviously, Spielberg's slot should have gone to Greta Gerwig, whose film "Lady Bird" picked up several nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
The outcry from feminists is stereotypical, to say the least.
"Award shows are only relevant insofar as they provide an interesting portrait of the zeitgeist," writes Zeba Blay at HuffPo. "We can debate all day about which movie is better than which or who deserved what trophy, but as a collective, these nominations and accolades are supposed to say something about the culture as a whole, and that’s perhaps the only thing that makes them worth talking about at all."
“The main thing the Golden Globes give a nominee is visibility,” tweeted Rebecca Keegan, the Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair. “Another reason why it’s depressing they went with an all male director category. Few women directors will achieve power of Spielberg, Nolan, Scott without the opportunity to be seen.”
Actress Amber Tamblyn chastised Spielberg and Nolan on Twitter for failing to campaign on behalf of women directors, which is rather anti-feminist considering that her call is for men to help women up when they should be able to do it themselves.
“The men nominated here should speak to the fact that they don’t share this honor with a single woman in their category,” Tamblyn tweeted. “That something is glaringly missing from this list. Be an ally. This is not acceptable.”
Gerwig aside, the other lady directors that feminists have alleged were snubbed are: Patty Jenkins for "Wonder Woman," Sofia Coppola for "The Beguiled," Kathryn Bigelow for "Detroit," and Dee Rees for "Mudbound."
While "Wonder Woman" certainly had critical and financial success, it belongs nowhere near Best Picture, and if Christopher Nolan never received a nomination for all three Batman films, then nobody can make the argument that the Golden Globes "snubbed" Patty Jenkins. The SJW propaganda piece "Detroit" bombed in the box-office and died in the heat of August. Coppola's "The Beguiled" now holds a tepid 6.5 rating on IMDB.
A case might be made for "Mudbound," but Netflix has done a poor job of differentiating their original films from television. Amazon Studios, whose film "Manchester by the Sea" received towering accolades last year, has fared better in this achievement.