The 2021 Oscars are slowly inching their way towards recognising talent in all its forms by nominating two women, and the first woman of colour, in the category for best director this year.

Chloe Zhao is in the running for her film Nomadland (which already saw succcess at the Baftas) while Emerald Fennell has been nominated for Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan.

This is something to be celebrated, but it has taken them over 90 years to get to this point.

The ladies are joined by Thomas Vinterberg, David Fincher and Lee Issac Chung in the best director field for 2021.

Zhao and Fennell are now part of a very small, select group of women, and should one of them take the trophy home that group gets even smaller still.

So how many women have won a best director award so far as we head towards the 93rd Academy Awards tonight?

How many women have won Best Director at the Oscars?

So far, just one woman has ever won best director – Katheryn Bigelow in 2010 for The Hurt Locker. The film, starring Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie, follows an American bomb squad that disables explosives in Iraq in 2004.

She said previously of her history-making win: ‘I hope I’m the first of many [women], and of course, I’d love to just think of myself as a filmmaker. And I long for the day when that modifier can be a moot point.’

How many women have been nominated for Best Director?

Five women have been recognised in the best director category so far: Lina Wermüller for Seven Beauties in 1976 (the first woman to be nominated), Jane Campion for The Piano in 1994, Sofia Coppola in 2004 for Lost In Translation, Bigelow in 2010 and Greta Gerwig in 2018 for Lady Bird.

What are the Oscars 2021 nominations?

Oscars 2021 nominations

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Director

Thomas Vinterberg  – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Actress in a leading role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari

Actress in a supporting role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung  – Minari

Actor in a supporting role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom Jr – One Night In Miami

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best costume design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

Best original score

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

Best adapted screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night In Miami

The White Tiger

Best original screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Animated short film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

Live action short film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Documentary feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Documentary short subject

Colette

A Concierto is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

International Feature Film

Another Round – Denmark

Better Days – Hong Kong

Collective – Romania

The Man Who Sold His Skin – Tunisia

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal

Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

Film editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

Makeup and hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

Animated feature film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Original song

Fight For You – Judas and the Black Messiah

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami

The 93rd Academy Awards will air on April 26 at 1am on Sky Cinema.

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