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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on the basis of sex trailer

On the Basis of Sex is the story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Not the Supreme Court Justice we know now, but the Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was one of the first female students at Harvard Law School, who began her legal career fighting to overturn a case of gender discrimination.

Felicity Jones plays Ruth and the case in question is the Moritz case. Charles Moritz was denied a caretaker tax write-off because it was assumed caretakers could only be women. Ruth’s husband Martin Ginsburg actually pointed her to the case because he knew she was interested in finding ways to fight sexism.

Mimi Leder directed On the Basis of Sex. After making The Peacemaker, Deep Impact and Pay It Forward, Leder directed on TV shows like Smash, Shameless, The Leftovers and was always involved with ER. Leder spoke to /Film about doing justice to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s story and how the film is the story of how change happens. On the Basis of Sex opens in theaters on Christmas Day and expands wider in January.

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on the basis of sex trailer

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a celebrity in ways no other Supreme Court Justice has before. Not only has she fought for just causes, she’s also inspired memes, documentaries, and even action figures. And now she gets the origin story treatment with On the Basis of Sex. The film finds the young Ginsburg long before she became a Supreme Court Justice, working as a lawyer on a case involving gender discrimination. Watch the latest On the Basis of Sex trailer below.

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felicity jones to play ruth bader ginsburg

Felicity Jones will take her battles from the cosmos to the courtroom in a biopic about Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Rogue One: A Star Wars story actress is set to don the robes of the notorious feminist icon in the biographical film On the Basis of Sex, taking over the role from Natalie Portman, who was originally set to play Ginsburg.

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Fast and Furious 9 director

Earlier this week, we wrote about how there’s a chance The Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray might not return for the upcoming Fast 9. But this is one of Universal’s biggest moneymakers, so somebody has to take on the tremendous challenge of leading the massive production as the series barrels toward its planned ending. Who could successfully shoulder the weight of a long-running film franchise yet still deliver an entertaining spectacle in a quick and efficient manner? I’ve come up with 10 filmmakers I think are up to the task, so read on for my list of who could be the Fast and Furious 9 director.
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Damon Lindelof interview

(This is part two of a larger interview. You can read part one right over here.)

The Leftovers isn’t playing it safe in its third and final season. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta‘s series has grown more ambitious over its three chapters and this season can get pretty bonkers, to say the least.

As out there as The Leftovers can get, it somehow manages to stay grounded. The surreal touches and bizarre turns tend to carry an emotional weight, striking deep into the heart of the characters. Last season’s “International Assassin” is a great example of that.

Lindelof takes some big swings with season 3. He recently told us about some of the risks the writers took, how the music has evolved over the series, and what he’s learned from the experience of The Leftovers.

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Tomb Raider female director

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Kathryn Bigelow’s reps have contacted us and confirm that “Kathryn has not met with anyone about this project, and does not have any interest in directing this film.” Ethan’s original story from September 18th follows.

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Batman V Superman Wonder Woman

Warner Bros.’ news of the full DC Comics movie slate was big for many reasons. It showed a commitment to a brand fans know and love. It showed the scope of the company’s plan. And buried under all those names and dates, it showed a commitment to diversity. Among the films, Warner Bros. announced the first female solo superhero film as well as the first African-American superhero film since the superhero craze really kicked into gear. Those films, of course, are Wonder Woman and Cyborg.

If that’s not enough, it turns out Warner Bros. is looking for a female director to helm Wonder Woman, which will star Gal Gadot. Below, read more about that as well as five awesome choices for the Wonder Woman director chair. Read More »

But what about Daniel Radcliffe? The last time we heard about the new movie version of Erich Maria Remarque‘s WWI novel All Quiet on the Western Front, it was June 2010 and Daniel Radcliffe had been attached to play the lead role.

Fast-forward through more than a year to now, as Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, Peacemaker, Luck) has been announced to direct. This is the same project on which we previously reported, produced by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson, who also wrote, and it still plans to shoot in 2012. But for now there is no mention of Mr. Radcliffe. Read More »

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