“Honey Boy” director Alma Har’el took to Twitter following the 2020 Golden Globes nominations to voice her frustration with the lack of female directors nominated in a year that was stacked with critically acclaimed films directed by women.
“Good morning to everyone that’s writing me about the #goldenglobes I feel you but know this,” she tweeted on Monday. “I was on the inside for the first time this year. These are not our people and they do not represent us. Do not look for justice in the awards system. We are building a new world.”
In a follow-up tweet, she mentioned some of the directors she felt were snubbed, including Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Melisa Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”). Of course, Har’el’s own film, “Honey Boy,” was shut out of any nominations as well.
Instead, Bong Joon-Ho (“Parasite”), Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”), Sam Mendes (“1917”) and Todd Phillips (“Joker”) were nominated for feature film directing.
Yes, the category was stacked with directors that have won previous directing awards, but many immediately noted the exclusion of Gerwig and Heller given how critically well-received the films have been so far.