After the release of the Golden Globe’s nominations this week, history has been made for women in the film and television industry. For the first time ever, the awards show has nominated three female directors for best director, an important moment for those calling for increased recognition of the work of women in Hollywood.
Nominees Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”), Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) and Regina King (“One Night in Miami”) bring the total number of women nominated in the category in the Globes’ 78-year history to eight.
The other directors nominated this year were David Fincher (“Mank”) and Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”).
Fennell, King and Zhao now join a short list of female Golden Globe nominees in the category. Barbra Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Ava DuVernay and Kathryn Bigelow are the only other women to have been nominated in the category, with Streisand being the sole winner among them.
Streisand won the best director Golden Globe in 1983 for “Yentl.”
Amazon Studios hailed King’s accomplishment for her directorial feature film debut after the release of the nominees, also pointing out the fact that she is now only the second black woman to be nominated in the category.
Zhao, meanwhile, is the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the category.
The Golden Globes are set to take place on Sunday, February 28 and will be aired on NBC, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
With all the announcements being released, a number of Hollywood stars took to social media and beyond to show their thanks and appreciation for being nominated, as well as giving credit to those who worked hard behind the scenes to allow them to succeed.
Having been nominated for two performances (The Chicago 7 and Borat Subsequent MovieFilm), Sacha Baron Cohen spoke of his pride that his two pieces of work battling injustice had been recognized, before throwing in a dig at Rudy Giuliani, who came under fire for suspected sexual misconduct in the Borat film.
“I’m overwhelmed and humbled that the Hollywood Foreign Press has recognized both THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 and BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM,” Baron Cohen said.
“These nominations are a tribute to the talented creative teams that led and supported both films from inception to this moment. I especially want to congratulate the visionary of CHICAGO 7, Aaron Sorkin, and BORAT’s Tutar, the incredible Maria Bakalova. These two films are different, but they share a common theme — sometimes we have to protest injustice with our own farce. Thank you to the HFPA for this ridiculous amount of nominations. I’m so honored — and in the event that we don’t win, I promise to hire Rudy Giuliani to contest the results.”
Nicole Kidman, Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for ‘The Undoing’
“Thank you to my wonderful friends at the HFPA!!! To wake up in Sydney to 4 nominations for our show is an incredible way to start the day. This has been the journey of a lifetime—from David E. Kelley’s imagination to Susanne Bier’s visionary direction of every episode to Hugh Grant (!!!), Donald Sutherland (!!!), Edgar Ramirez, Lily Rabe, Noah Jupe, and Noma Dumezweni to audiences who embraced THE UNDOING all over the world and now to this… these Golden Globe nominations mean more than you could ever imagine.
Lily Collins, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for ‘Emily in Paris.’
“Words cannot express how extremely grateful and excited I am to be nominated for my role in ‘Emily in Paris’ and for the show’s nomination! I’m beyond thrilled the series was recognized and I feel so lucky to be in a category including such incredible women who have kept me laughing and smiling all year long. The greatest gift of playing Emily has been providing a sense of escapism and fun during a time when we all needed it most. I’m so proud of this show and so thankful to the HFPA, Netflix, Darren and the entire cast and crew without whom Emily would be truly lost. I’m also incredibly proud of my MANK family and sending them so much love as well! I’m overwhelmed with happiness. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Bisous!
Carey Mulligan, Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama for ‘Promising Young Woman.’
“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this recognition. Emerald Fennell’s vision for Promising Young Woman was so unique and uncompromising. She is one of the most talented filmmakers I’ve ever worked with. I’m so incredibly grateful she came to me with this project and I was thrilled to see her recognized alongside Chloe Zhao and Regina King this morning. I also wanted to thank Margot Robbie and LuckyChap Entertainment for helping get this film made and their unwavering support.”