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The slogan for the 88th Academy Awards is “We all dream in gold” and while surely a lot of people do, the Oscars have proven once again that unless you’re white and male your dreams don’t have much of a chance of becoming reality. 

No women directors were nominated for Achievement in directing this year. It has now been 6 years now since a woman has been nominated in that category (that was back when Kathryn Bigelow won for her movie The Hurt Locker making her the first female director ever to win that prize). 

Unlike last year when Selma directed by Ava Duvernay managed a nomination for Best motion picture of the year none of the 8 films nominated as Best motion picture of the year were directed by women. 

However as usual across a few categories a handful of women managed to be nominated for their outstanding directorial work. Congratulations to the 6 women directors who were nominated for Oscars this year:

Best documentary feature

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus

Best documentary short subject

“Chau, beyond the Lines” Courtney Marsh
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“Last Day of Freedom” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Best foreign language film of the year

“Mustang” France* dir.  Deniz Gamze Ergüven