Will women directors win at Academy Awards?

Posted Tuesday 17 Jan 2023

Will women directors win at Academy Awards?

After two years of women winning for best director (Jane Campion and Chloe Zhao) we’re wondering how women will fare in this year’s Academy Awards. Contenders for Best Director nominations include Sarah Polley for Women Talking, Gina Prince-Bythewood for The Woman King, Maria Schrader for She Said and Chinonye Chukwu for Till.

Variety points out that no Black woman has ever been nominated for directing, so if not now, then when for Prince-Bythewood? “A career that has included Love and Basketball (2000) and Beyond the Lights (2014), her action-epic The Woman King was a box office success with a stunning cast and team of artisans.”

Variety has revealed its list of predicted nominees – check them out here. Spoiler alert: it's not looking very hopeful!

Image Credit: JoJo Whilden/Universal Pictures

Actor Carey Mulligan and director Maria Schrader on the set of She Said.