female directors oscars

You can count on one hand the number of female directors who have been nominated for a Best Director Oscar in the award’s 90-year history. You can count on one finger the number of female directors who have won the Best Director prize. But despite their meager showing at awards ceremonies, female directors are thriving in the independent and film festival circuit, with films like Lynne Ramsay‘s lean thriller You Were Never Really Here winning the Cannes screenplay prize or Debra Granik‘s quietly devastating survival drama Leave No Trace earning raves at Sundance. Marielle Heller helmed the Telluride Film Festival darling Can You Ever Forgive Me, which earned a whopping three Oscar nominations for acting and screenplay.

But despite the inroads female filmmakers have made, the Best Director category found itself reverting back to the all-male status quo once again.

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mary queen of scots trailer new

It’s the battle of the century! The 16th century, that is. Mary Queen of Scots pits Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie against each other as two queens vying for power. Ronan is Mary Stuart, the widowed Queen of France who returns to Scotland to claim her rightful throne. But Scotland falls under the rule of Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth I (Robbie), who is in no hurry to relinquish any of her power. Who will win? (Historic spoiler alert: not Mary, sorry.) Watch the latest Mary Queen of Scots trailer below.

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