Awards Watch: BAFTA Nominates Two Women for Best Director

by Melissa Silverstein on January 21, 2010

in Awards,Women Directors

Lone Scherfig

The BAFTA short list was released this morning and the list is striking for a one big reason — women directors are everywhere. I’m no expert on all things awards but I don’t think I have ever seen a list that has included TWO WOMEN (Lone Scherfig for An Education and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker out of five nominated for best director.

THIS IS A BIG DEAL.  I don’t think this will repeat for the Oscar nominations, but one can only hope (at least until Feb 2.)

The awards will be handed out in London on Feb 21.

Kathryn Bigelow

Even more, in the British Film category, three women directed films are nominated:
An Education, Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer, Lone Scherfig, Nick Hornby
Fish Tank, Kees Kasander, Nick Laws, Andrea Arnold
Nowhere Boy, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae, Robert Bernstein, Sam Taylor-Wood, Matt Greenhalgh

For best film, not only are there two women directed movies here, An Education (with two female producers – Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer) and The Hurt Locker, (why are they still not sure of the producers?) but Precious is of course, about a girl.

Other good news:

Two women editing noms:
“Inglourious Basterds,” Sally Menke
“Up in the Air,” Dana E. Glauberman

The Costume Design category is all women:
“Bright Star,” Janet Patterson
“Coco Before Chanel,” Catherine Leterrier
“An Education,” Odile Dicks-Mireaux
“A Single Man,” Arianne Phillips
“The Young Victoria,” Sandy Powell

Bad News:

Jane Campion is nowhere to be seen even in the screenplay category.  Even worse, out of the ten writing nominees only District 9 has a female co-writer, Terri Tachell.

Only one woman is included on the sound team- Anna Behlmer for Star Trek, and no women are included in the special visual effects or cinematography categories.

BAFTA Unveils Nominations (Variety)

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Ci January 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM

That is awesome news! The Brits really seems to love An Education. I wanted Jane Campion up there though, Bright Star was one of the best films last year period, IMO. It’s sad that she gets overlooked everywhere. I don’t understand why.

kaplan April 17, 2010 at 5:25 AM

I agree that there aren’t enough women in hollywood, infact there aren’t enough women in the entire film industry in anywhere, but I still have hope in my gender and I believe they will soon realize that having children should not be their main priority.

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