Honey Boy director Alma Har’el calls out Golden Globes for lack of female nominees: Don't look for justice in awards system

FP Staff

Dec 10, 2019 09:18:37 IST

Honey Boy director Alma Har’el has taken to Twitter to call out Golden Globes for the glaring lack of female directors nominated in the directing category. The nominations, unveiled on Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), contained only male directors in its Best Director – Motion Picture roster.

Todd Phillips (Joker), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite), and Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood) are some of the directors who are competing for the trophy this year.

Writing a lot of people have been asking her about the Golden Globes, she asserts, "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.”

She then enlisted the many women directors she felt had made films that "reached people and touched them," including  Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Greta Gerwig (Little Women) Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), and Olivia Wilde (Booksmart).

Check out her Twitter thread here


According to Variety, the Golden Globes have nominated only five female directors in its 77-year-long history — Barbra Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, and Ava DuVernay. Out of them, only Streisand has nabbed a prize for the 1984 movie Yentl. 

Speaking to the publication on the same, Har'el underscored how the Golden Globes lacks awareness. "They’re immersed in this perpetuated activity of basking in male excellence and overseeing this whole new world we’re trying to build with new voices of women and people of colour being part of the conversation,” she was quoted as saying.

The publication further notes after the nominations were announced, organisation president Lorenzo Soria said votes are not cast on the basis of gender, but on films and accomplishments. To this, Har'el responded in a now-deleted tweet, “Oh please. If you only saw how these people get pampered with gifts, private concerts, and events over four months."

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Updated Date: Dec 10, 2019 09:18:37 IST