Golden Globe Nominees 2019: Where are the women directors?

by Charles Gerian

Warren Beatty once said “The Globes are fun, the Oscars are business”.

This past Monday saw the official announcement of the 77th Annual Golden Globe Award Nominees, and the whole town seems to be talking about the lack of women in the category for Best Director...and while I don't usually get politically involved, I will say I agree with the outcry.

Golden Globe's “golden children” are Netflix's Noah Baumbach-helmed relationship drama MARRIAGE STORY, the streamer's gritty Martin Scorsese drama THE IRISHMAN, and Sony's melancholic Quentin Tarantino comedy ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

On the TV side, Netflix's prestige drama THE CROWN lead nominations alongside their sexual assault drama UNBELIEVABLE and HBO's enthralling and harrowing CHERNOBYL.

The pics for Best Picture (Drama) include the previously mentioned MARRIAGE STORY and THE IRISHMAN alongside Netflix's THE TWO POPES, WB's comic-book based drama JOKER, and Universal's WWI event picture 1917. Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) includes Netflix's DOLEMITE IS MY NAME, 20th Fox/Disney's JOJO RABBIT, Sony's aforementioned HOLLYWOOD, Universal's ROCKETMAN, and Lionsgate's mystery whodunnit KNIVES OUT.

Best Actress (Drama) boasts Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, and Renee Zellweger, while Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) includes Cate Blanchett, Ana de Armas, Beanie Feldstein, Emma Thompson, and a surprise nom for Awkwafine in THE FAREWELL.

Best Actor (Drama) features Chrstian Bale, Antonio Banderas, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jonathan Pryce. Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) includes Daniel Craig, Roman Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Taron Egerton, and Eddie Murphy.

Here's the rub: Best Director. It's been a knock-out year for female directors, who have brought us such incredible experiences as A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, HUSTLERS, BOOKSMART, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, THE FAREWELL, and LITTLE WOMEN...yet, there's nowhere for them to be seen. You have Bong Joon Ho for PARASITE, Sam Mendes for 1917, Todd Phillips for JOKER, and of course Scorsese and Tarantino for their respective films...but is that fair?

I was more impressed, visually, by BOOKSMART than I was, say, JOKER. Either way, this is just The Globes, so we'll see what the Academy does about all this nonsense.

Other notable nominations include Best Limited TV Series with Catch-22, Chernobyl, Fosse/Verdon, The Loudest Voice, and Unbelievable. Best TV drama included Big Little Lies, The Crown, Killing Eve, The Morning Show, and Succession.

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Drama included Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer, Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon.

HBO's swords and dragons drama GAME OF THRONES, usually reaping the awards, only brought in ONE sole nomination in all categories which went (perhaps rightfully) to Kit Harrington for his performance as Jon Snow in the controversial final season of the show that aired this past summer.

Stay tuned for more as the Globes air this January! And I'll have more to say as I see the noms.