This morning director Ava DuVernay joins the growing list of women whose films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture without receiving a nomination for Best Director themselves.

The list of women who have directed Best Picture nominees/winners:

  • Randa Haines, Children of a Lesser God, 1986
  • Barbra Streisand, The Prince of Tides, 1991
  • Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine, 2007 (her co-director Jonathan Dayton received a nomination) correction: neither Faris nor her co-director were nominated that year. 
  • Loveleen Tandan, Slumdog Millionaire, 2008  (her co-director Danny Boyle won the Oscar for Best Director that year)  
  • Lone Scherfig, An Education, 2009
  • Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right, 2010
  • Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone, 2010
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty, 2013
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma, 2015

Additionally Kátia Lund, co-director of City of God, did not receive a nomination for her work on the film despite the fact that her co-director  Fernando Meirelles did.

Only 4 women have ever been nominated for best director and only 1, Kathryn Bigelow, has won. 


boooooomoooommmm! Congratulations to everyone on the Mad Max Fury Road and The Revenant teams on their films’ sweep of 2016 Oscar nominations!!

Mad Max Fury Road (10) Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Directing (George Miller), Production Design, Visual Effects, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Cinematography

The Revenant (12) Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Directing (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy), Production Design, Visual Effects, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Cinematography