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Who are the female directors making history this year at the Golden Globes?

For the first time in Golden Globe history, three of the five filmmakers nominated for Best Director are women

Who are the female directors making history this year at the Golden Globes?

Director Chloe Zhao attends a special screening of "The Rider" at the Writers Guild Theater on April 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

(Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

Just when you thought quarantine was going to be dull, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are here to reassure us differently. After all, there's only so much banana bread one can bake before they become delirious. Tonight the 78th Annual Golden Globes will take place via virtual broadcast, hosted by Fey and Poehler.

This will mark the first time since 2015 our two favorite comedians will host the show together. Although Fey and Poehler won't actually be in the same room, (Fey will broadcast live from The Rainbow Room in New York City, while Poehler will host inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California) I'm sure we'll have our fill of comedy and alcohol from both.

Besides, nothing says Golden Globes quite like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

In addition to the exciting news, Golden Globe nominations were released earlier this month, and judging from the diverse list of nominees, it looks like Hollywood received the message regarding inclusion.

For the first time in Golden Globe history, women outrank men in the Best Director category. Three of the five filmmakers nominated were women, including Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Regina King (One Night in Miami) and Chloe Zhao (Nomadland).

Throughout the years, women have often been overlooked during award shows, especially within directing and writing categories. In the past, no more than one female director was included at a time within the best director category. I can't help but remember Natalie Portman's comment during the 2018 Academy Awards, when the actress called out "all the male nominees" within the Best Director category.

Only ten female directors have been nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association since it's inception back in 1943. In addition to the news, this years female-led filmmakers are also ethnically diverse. Chloe Zhao is the first Asian woman to be nominated in the category, with Regina King being the second Black woman to receive a nomination within the Best Director category.

In addition, two directors and nine actors of color were nominated this year, including the iconic Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Daniel Kaluuya, (Judas and the Black Messiah), John Boyega, (Small Axe) and the late Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom).

While this is wonderful news, there were a lot of snubs this year in regards to representation. For starters, Bridgerton was completely excluded from the list of nominations, despite the immense success it garnered for its inclusivity... among other things. I was also frustrated not see Zendaya or Michaela Coel nominated for their roles in HBO's Euphoria and I May Destroy You.

Zendaya received the Emmy for her role in the renowned HBO series tackling addiction and mental health, making her the youngest woman to win an award for Best Actress for drama series. As for Coel, well; she's simply brilliant.

I dare you to watch I May Destroy You, a series about sexual assault and its aftermath, and not be blown away by Coel's emotionally raw performance. For crying out loud, Emily in Paris was nominated for Best Musical/Comedy Series. How is that even legal? Don't get me wrong, I binged that series quicker than I did The Queen''s Gambit, but it doesn't make it more notable than contenders like Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods orJudas and the Black Messiah, which were also excluded from the list.

Although there have been great strides in regards to representation within film and television within the last few years, there's evidently still a long way to go. Hopefully this year's nominees will change that, and pave the way for more talented women and individuals of color to take the lead. Below is the complete list of nominees for the 78th Golden Globe Awards.

Best Picture Drama

The Father



Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture Musical/Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm



Palm Springs

The Prom

Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Actress - Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit

Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Kate Hudson, Music

Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot

Best Actor - Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy

Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

James Corden, The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Dev Patel, Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Jared Leto, The Little Things

Billy Murray, On the Rocks

Best Director Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Regina King, One Night in Miami

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Screenplay Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Jack Fincher, Mank

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, The Father

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Picture - Foreign Language

Another Round

The Life Ahead


Two of Us

La Llorona

Best Score Motion Picture

The Midnight Sky




News of the World

Best Song Motion Picture

"Fight for You" from Judas & the Black Messiah

"Io Si" from The Life Ahead

"Speak Now" from One Night in Miami

"Hear My Voice" from The Trial of the Chicago 7

"Tigress & Tweed" from The US v. Billie Holiday

Best Drama Series

The Crown

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian



Best Musical/Comedy Series

Schitt's Creek

Ted Lasso

Flight Attendant

Emily in Paris

The Great

Best Television Motion Picture

Small Ax

The Undoing


Normal People

The Queen's Gambit

Best Actor - Television Motion Picture

Bryan Cranston, Your Honor

Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Ethan Hawke, Good Lord Bird

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Best Actress - Television Motion Picture

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Daisy Edgar Jones, Normal People

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Nicole Kidman, The Undoing

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Gambit

Best Television Actor – Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Josh O'Connor, The Crown

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Al Pacino, Hunters

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Television Actress – Musical/Comedy Series

Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek

Lily Collins, Emily in Paris

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning, The Great

Best Television Actor – Musical/Comedy Series

Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Jason Sudekis, Ted Lasso

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Best Supporting Actress – Television

Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek

Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

Julia Garner, Ozark

Best Television Actress – Drama Series

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Best Supporting Actor - Television

Daniel Levy, Schitt's Creek

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

John Boyega, Small Axe

Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule

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